Tuesday, August 30, 2011
US Army says no to five fingered shoes
Seems the hierarchy of the US Army are not in favour of minimalist running shoes with all serving personnel now banned from wearing Vibram style shoes. Top brass feel the popular shoes “detract from a professional military image,” and soldiers are not allowed to wear them with the individual physical fitness uniform or when conducting physical training in military formation. Apparently the decision was based on the lack of conformity and the need for serving soldiers to foster a professional, conservative, nonfaddish image. The US Army stands alone in their decision and are unlikely to review it. In the Marine Corps there is no service wide ban on minimalist shoes but local commanders can ban the shoes, if they so wish. The US Air Force has taken an identical stance and serving personnel can wear them for PT.