Yes, apparently shoes were a rare thing for many children in 1928:
From the writing desk of the late Davy Cram:
Games were mostly very lively, often in bare feet, for shoes as such seemed to be unheard of. The feet of lads and lasses could become like leather, except perhaps, the point of their big toe, which upon being stubbed against a pavement, would be sliced off like the top of an egg, bleeding profusely and painfully.
I remember well, for it happened to myself, more than once. Boots were the name of the game. Most footwear seemed to be boots; few if any had shoes. Boots were longer lasting, through home cobbling and care, but were clumsy, so games were played in bare feet for the purpose of being able to run the faster. Who could run fast with the hindrance of heavy boots? I ask you. Advice to runners strangely, was ‘put your bare feet on!’
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