"Corrective Shoes" Haven't heard that one in a long time. When I was a child it was a common threat among parents. "Put your shoes on, tie your shoes, you don't want to ruin your feet do you?" If you do you'll end up like 'johnny' and have to wear 'corrective shoes'. These sorts of shoes, for children anyway were usually quite ugly. Not sure they actually did anything more than torture the child - but they weren't uncommon. Hell, I'm not even sure what problems were being 'corrected' but I seem to remember talk of low arches, pigeon toes, bow legs, etc. etc.