By Hayden Prescott Corwin ’15
The recent ban of popular TOMS shoes has led to a mild discontent within the student body.
Many students find the new policy to be unfair and illogical.
“No, it is not fair,” said Jackman Rice ’15. “TOMS shoes are a great company doing great things, they shouldn’t be banned.”
The TOMS company has been manufacturing their own style of shoes since 2006.
Their motto/slogan is “One for One,” which means that for every pair of shoes bought another pair of shoes are given to an impoverished child.
Why is a shoe with such refreshing ideals behind it not allowed to be worn on campus?
Dean Mr. Pat Higgins said that the shoes do not provide enough foot protection and that they have no grip.
While they may not be the bulkiest footwear, other shoes also have these faults. Many of the Sperry boat shoes have slick, thin soles.
Mr. Higgins said a nail would go right through the soles of TOMS.
A pair of work boots cannot always protect against stepping on nails either.
Some students would just like the ability to wear the shoes they want to wear.
“Yes, I wish I could wear them to school,” Rice said.
A problem that hit students who wear TOMS came after the summer when without warning the TOMS they had just purchased for the school year had to be shelved.
TOMS shoes are not cheap either; most of their shoes are more than $40.
There is always time to have this rule amended, but that does not seem likely anytime soon.
The Brophy student handbook leaves the rules up to the Dean’s discretion in the end.
Garrison Murphy ’15 contributed to this column.