Contributed by: “TeeJay”
My first exposure to a girl having her shoes taken occurred in 8th grade about 1960. Crossing the school playground at recess I saw 3 of the 7th grade girls walking together and noticed two were grabbing the upper arms of the middle girl and laughing as they were stepping on the backs of her penny loafers and pulling her along with them. The victim had a strange expression – humiliation, embarrassment, chagrin – I had to stop and watch to see what was happening. As soon as the right shoe was off her heel and she was forced to take another step, her foot was almost out of the loafer and the girl on that side kicked the shoe off and it skidded about 10 feet in front of them. Within seconds the other loafer was loose and also kicked away. The victim was giggling and whining about her loafers. The others each quickly grabbed a loafer and took off across the playground to the girls side waving their trophies, laughing in glee and leaving the hapless victim to follow in her white crew socks.