All Army Activities message 239/2011 is likely to step on some toes.
It prohibits the wear of shoes that feature “five separate, individual compartments for the toes,” such as the one pictured above. Such shoes “detract from a professional military image,” the message said. As such, soldiers are not allowed to wear them with the individual physical fitness uniform or when conducting physical training in military formation.
In truth, this is not a new rule. But it seems word either hasn’t been spread or adhered to.