Canvas, yeah !!!
When I was in school, Saturdays were special, because on Saturday, we could wear the white canvas shoes, as the uniform was white.
The entire feeling was liberating to say the least.
There was a spring in the feet, it was almost like you are walking on thin air.
It was like one's feet has been un-shackled after a long time.
If it would have been allowed, I would have been sprinting all across the day, in the new found freedom.
There were days, when just for the sake of change and to experience that liberating freedom, I used to wear the white canvas shoes, with the navy blue uniform of Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School), but then those were very easy to spot, along with the combination and there would come punishment in its myriad form.
But it was kind of cool, it was a good trade-off, once-in-a-while, to wear the white canvas shoes against the punishment.
If the punishments did not go harsher, I would have wore canvas shoes, every single day of my life.
Needless to say, I used to wait with baited breath for the sports period on those days, when I would sneak in the canvas shoes on my uniform, football was suddenly special with those shoes.
I still remember the name of the company whose canvas shoes I wore almost my entire school life, it was Carona foot-wear.
Oh yes, they were also called the "Tennis Shoes" in those days.
A few days back, I went to a nearby foot-wear to buy the same old good pair of white canvas shoes but was informed that they not have that in stock.
Probably there are better stuff now-a-days, but those pair of shoes were price-less.
As price-less, as the pair of shoes in the movie Forrest Gump. One could almost go anywhere, in those white canvas shoes.
Now the government plans to ban the use of leather shoes in government schools and it has been already promulgated in CBSE schools.
It is a very welcome move. Leather shoes do not serve any purpose in schools, apart from burdening the parents with extra expenditure. With rising costs, this is a welcome relief.
As for the students, the canvas shoes are a lot more comfortable for long durations of wearing in the school and students would certainly welcome this decision, whole-heartedly.
Well, as they say in Hindi "Derr aaye, par durust aaye" or as they say in English, "Better late, than never" .
But yes, I could have certainly done with few more days of white canvas shoes, during my school life...
And I miss them...