Army bans minimalist running shoes
This week the United States Army prohibited the use of Vibram FiveFingers minimalist shoes during training. Here is a excerpt from the U.S. Army’s announcement:
“There are a variety of minimalist running shoes available for purchase and wear. Effective immediately, only those shoes that accommodate all five toes in one compartment are authorized for wear. Those shoes that feature five separate, 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 military formation.”
The reasoning for banning Vibram FiveFingers was because it was distracting to other soldiers during training. The Army did not mention any evidence that minimalist shoes cause harm to the human body, which might have something to do with them not banning minimalist shoes altogether. During combat, soldiers are still required to wear boots (pictured above).
So what are your thoughts on all of this?
One of our customers shared that when his father in the Royal Dutch Marines 40 years ago he was supplied thin minimalist shoes and "Were used in combat and training to enhance silent combat and agility."
We received mixed reactions from our Facebook users. Some understood the reasoning behind the ban, while others disagreed with the Army's decision.
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