FiveFingers and Army Uniform Policy
I've been using FiveFingers for over a year now, and several times while in Army PT's.
Just today, someone told me that they were not allowed anymore and then blabbed on about some mass email. Obviously, I ignored said person because it wasn't banned in my unit's uniform policy nor does AR 670-1 ban minimalist shoes. However, I checked a little deeper on the issue and found this:
According to this information, they may have been banned in TRADOC. Apparently this means that the Army is looking deeper into minimalist shoes before making an Army-wide decision.
This will make me a very sad panda. FiveFingers are great when lifting weights and I can run in them without having my knees hurt.
Does anyone have anymore information on this?
And what is everyone's opinion on this issue? Should minimalist shoes be banned?
I looked at the title to the thread and thought, "You know, we had a barracks whore we called 'Five Fingers'; I wonder how she got into a uniform discussion?" I am now sadly disappointed.
Reminiscing aside, you're asking the most conservative organization you can think of to update its policies in less than a decadal time span. Easier to ban the things than put effort into researching them. Is it right? Probably not. Will they do it and expect you to shut up and drive on? Undoubtedly.
Keep in mind that "Banned in TRADOC" does not mean banned. TRADOC is only one command of many. RUMINT says that it may soon be Army wide, however.
For what it's worth, healthy soldiers are good soldiers. Some of the best military in history have functioned essentially on no footwear, and without the aid of vehicles. If, as the science shows, running long distances on nearly bare feet keeps you stronger and fitter, than banning that footwear is anti-utilitarian.
Originally Posted by Sarcastro
Yep. Soon it will be Army wide despite the benefits and its all because of LOOKS. It doesn't look professional enough. Sad but true.
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Originally Posted by Gezere
I'm gonna try out these in the mean time: http://www.saucony.com/store/SiteCon...=Print-Kinvara
I'm using Nike Free's as my "regular" running shoe and they aren't cutting it. I was also thinking about getting Mizuno Wave 3, but they might be classified as running flats, which may also be banned in potential regulation changes.
Too many people, with too much time, having too many "great ideas"...that tend to ruin my fun.
I don't know why you'd get those Sauconys over the Frees, those have a lot more padding than the 5.0 and 3.0 (the least cushion of the Frees).
I read somewhere that the Air Force just authorized the Vibrams for PT.
Vivo Barefoot do minimal shoes that look like normal trainers:
I don't know what it is, but the Frees aren't very comfortable. The gravel everywhere doesn't help either (it gets stuck easily in the outsoles).
Originally Posted by Phrost
The Sauconys don't have all those crevices and apparently have a lower difference in forefoot/heal height. So despite having a little more cushioning, it may facilitate a gait similar to FiveFingers.
Well here's the thing, if you really want to do barefoot style running without actually going barefoot, just get a pair of aqua shoes. I keep a pair like these in my trunk in case I forget my regular shoes and still want to go to the gym:
You could probably get away with them too, as long as they're not too obviously styled. And you can get most of them for less than $20.
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