Our comic for today is an old Dennis the Menace from September 16, 1988.
Here’s one more cartoon about kids going back to school after a summer of going barefoot. In response to last week’s cartoon, Hadashi commented:
You know the common theme I am getting with all these comics is that people actually KNOW that shoes are doing bad things to their feet, they KNOW that the shape of shoes is wrong AND that going barefoot feels much better than wearing shoes, yet in every one they still insist on shoes! And even imply that the FOOT is the problem!
Yes. They know what shoes do to feet, but conformity is more important.
This cartoon is from “All in a Lifetime” published on September 9, 1938.
Here’s yet another look at looking for shoes after a summer of going barefooted. This is from “All in a Lifetime” and appeared on September 3 in both 1952 and 1959.
The thing is, that girl is of the age when the feet of a growing child are just naturally getting bigger, and by that I mean longer. While there might be some spreading (and muscular growth) from going barefooted, it’s really not right to blame the need for bigger shoes on going barefooted.
Last weeks cartoon took a contemporary look at the “problem” of going back to school after having spent the summer barefoot. Here’s a much older cartoon doing the same thing. It’s from a feature called “All in a Lifetime” by Frank Beck and is dated September 6, 1939.
Well, that and the fact that those shoes probably have a very stiff sole and are not shaped very much like a human foot.
Today’s cartoon is from Red and Rover, a strip set more or less in the 1960s, when a lot more kids spent their entire summers barefoot.
It appeared just this past Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
This was a common problem (and yes, in the comic strip, Red really has spent his entire summer barefoot). Additionally, with the reference to Hawaii, I wonder if the cartoonist sometimes listens in to barefooters’ discussions.
For our comic this weekend let’s go with an old stand-by, Dennis the Menace. This one is from July 11, 2003.
Somehow I manage to make that decision every day . . .