We’re getting close to back-to-school time. So here’s a comic from August 30, 1941. It’s from Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.
This is a standard trope for comics from this time: going barefoot makes your feet bigger. You don’t suppose that the reason kids’ shoes don’t fit in the fall is because they just spent the last three months growing? (You know, like kids do?)
And thus are pernicious barefoot myths started.