Let’s ban sock tap dancing everywhere in public spaces!

In Saint-Denis (93), the Elsa Triolet college bans tap socks. Of course the students protest…


No more flip-flops. This deplorable outfit is now banned by the internal rules of the Elsa Triolet college in Saint-Denis. Much to the displeasure of the students who think there are too many rules, the poor bichons.

For my part, I would be quite positive about the prohibition in all public spaces of this deplorable coupling. Yes I know, you can’t force elegance by law. It’s a shame.

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Meanwhile, we have a right to believe that the general lack of clothing contributes to the disfigurement of the world and our streets. We dress like at home everywhere, and comfort has dethroned elegance. As if the appearance one offers one’s contemporaries didn’t matter in the slightest. If the college has adopted this rule, according to the professors interviewed in the press, it is for safety reasons, not good manners. Well, I regret it.

General wobbly

I don’t care that Kylian Mbappé wears these flip-flops, which is undoubtedly the main reason for their popularity in the so-called working-class neighborhoods, whose language and clothing fashion are all the rage in the exclusive neighborhoods (a friend tells me that her daughter and his girlfriends call each other “bro ” among themselves…). But since it seems that our footballer is a role model for the younger generations, I would like him to be a better example. Because, with or without socks, tap dancing is ugly and a proclamation of business. Remember that they are designed for the beach or hanging out at home, not for the city. But I recognize that I am establishing an unfortunate discrimination, for which the association for the defense of the beaches could blame me.

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It is also true that the cursed tap shoes have been seen in fashion shows. Last year, the model was marketed by Lidl and the socks with the discount retailer’s logo were resold on Ebay for crazy sums ranging up to a thousand euros. It’s so smart to wear cheap plastic shoes with dresses that cost thousands of dollars. A few years ago a designer paraded models in rags, would you wear them to the office?

Clothes are a message

People will tell me that young people like to follow fashion. Of course, but we adults are not obliged to follow young people in all their whims. If they want to tap dance in the evening, that’s up to them. But the school is not Macdo, we do not come as we are. You don’t come to class with your habits and your requirements. Nor with its origin. The Islamic veil has been banned, a ban that extends to djellaba and Islamic clothing. Lots of companies ban shorts and bare belly buttons (I’d like to add joggers to the list, but I won’t get into that front today). Simply because some things don’t get done. The problem is that it is no longer spontaneous. When I was a college student, if I wore an outfit that was too flashy or revealing to go to school, I was sent to get dressed. And if I defied the ban by changing on the stairs, I got yelled at twice. There was no need for internal rules. Do we now need to make it clear that we do not go to class in pyjamas?

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Clothes are a message, they speak to others. We don’t say everything that comes to mind, especially when we are students. Well, by the same token, we don’t just dress in any old way (hence the double meaning of the word “outfit”).

Elsa Triolet’s middle school students find that there are too many rules. As Barbara Lefèbvre writes, it is the “I have the right” generation. If they understand that life in society imposes rules, school will at least have taught them something.

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