Some schools regulate even shoes and bags of their school uniform.

How can I explain the situation? Which sentence is appropriate here:

"We have to wear designated shoes."

"We have to wear fixed shoes."

"We have to wear certain shoes."?

  • Not being native, I would think of particular. "to wear particular shoes" sounds off though. - Another idea: uniform. "to wear uniform shoes".
    – Em1
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 12:02
  • "Particular" sounds good to me. Thank you. Commented May 30, 2013 at 3:32

2 Answers 2


In this context, a word that is often used is "regulation."

"We have to wear regulation shoes, uniforms, schoolbags" etc.

The word form, "regulation" is short for "per regulation."


Designated is used as in the following sentences.

This area has been designated as a National Park.

This floor has been designated a no-smoking area.

I can imagine, for example, a representative of the school showing a pair of shoes and saying "We designed these shoes as 'shoes of the school uniform'." but that probably would be a stretchy way to use designed.

Certain is used to, "mention a particular thing, person or group without giving any more details about it or them."

Certain people might disagree with this.

Certain shoes would not say anything about the school wanting specific shoes.

I would rather say "We have to wear shoes approved by the school." since one of the meaning of approve is, "to say that something is good enough to be used or is correct."


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