Unites States Army Bans “Toe Shoes”

Toe shoes such as the Vibram FIve Fingers are now banned for use by soldiers in the U.S. Army.

Toe shoes such as the Vibram FIve Fingers are now banned for use in the U.S. Army. Photo: classicfivefinger.com

Toe-shoe supporters are already protesting the move.

An official U.S. Army notice states that: “Effective immediately, only those shoes that accommodate all five toes in one compartment are authorized to wear. Those shoes that feature five sepearate, individual compartments for the toes, detract from a professional military image and are prohibited for wear with the IPFU or when conducting physical training in a military formation.”

Supporters of toe shoes are already protesting the ban, and some military observers are also concerned.

“An army that is more concerned with looks versus results IS a matter of national security,” writes defense expert Thomas Ricks in Foreign Policy.

For More: Slate.com

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