Sperry’s Gone Mandatory
The freshmen class of 2014 is the first to be required to wear Sperry’s as a uniform shoe.
By Candace Brinkley ‘12
What started off as a Catholic School trend is now a mandatory shoe for Bishop McNamara’s Freshman class. Bishop McNamara is requiring that the freshmen wear Sperry’s, a brand of boat shoes.
According to Mr. Brady, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal, the problem with the old shoe policy was that some students took advantage of their freedom, arriving to school in unprofessional black sneakers or boots. Students were allowed to pick their own shoe for the uniform, and girls usually chose a black or brown ballet flat and boys chose a simple black dress shoe. Now the freshman do not have a choice, and in the year 2014 this will be true for the entire school.
The Deans of Discipline came to the decision of a school wide policy change and Mr. Victor Shin, Assistant Principal for Student Life, was put in charge of the purchase of merchandise with retailers. The decision was made without any formal consultation with students for their input.
“It’s good. It’s fashionable. It’s comfortable. It’s affordable,” said Mr. Shin. Mr. Brady says that having one shoe cuts down on interpretations of the handbook, and also adds uniformity.
Students seem to have a different take on the new policy based on their grade level. The freshmen are the first class required to wear the same shoe, and therefore are the most affected by the change.
“I don’t like them. They are not practical or waterproof,” Clarissa Corey-Bey ‘14 explains. Sperry’s are not water resistant and can be bothersome in the rain.
Other freshmen complained that the shoe costs more than what it is actually worth. The shoes cost between fifty and seventy dollars and can be found in shoe stores such as DSW or through school uniform suppliers
To the upperclassmen, this issue is not as pressing since they are not directly affected with the new policy. “It is just another part of the uniform. A tad expensive but worth it for the overall look of the uniform,” comments Janierah Jones ‘12. Other upperclassmen who do not prefer or insist Sperry’s are not their style simply do not wear them. Like it or not the Sperry’s are here to stay.