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Unites States Army Bans “Toe Shoes”

Toe-shoe supporters are already protesting the move.

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