A posting this month in the Wisconsin National Guard newsletter reminds soldiers that the Vibram FiveFingers shoes have been banned from the Army's official physical fitness uniform.
Meg Jones, the Journal Sentinel's war correspondent, shared the story after reading about my recent experiment with minimalist shoes.
The @easeExpress quotes an All Army Activities message sent June 11 by
Sgt. Maj. James McGruder: “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.”
In plain language, soldiers have to keep their toes in one place. The decision has not been well-received.
That non-comformist, Barefoot Ted, probably wouldn't have been much of a soldier anyway.