NAVADMIN 238-11 Minimalist Footwear

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R 051519Z AUG 11 PSN 075960K27

FM CNO WASHINGTON DC

TO NAVADMIN

SUBJ: MINIMALIST FOOTWEAR 
REF/A/DOC/NAVPERS 156651/01JAN03//
AMPN/REF A IS NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS//

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN AUTHORIZES THE WEARING OF MINIMALIST FOOTWEAR WITH THE
NAVY PHYSICAL TRAINING UNIFORM (PTU) DURING COMMAND/UNIT DIRECTED PHYSICAL
TRAINING (PT), INDIVIDUAL PT, AND ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE THE SEMI-ANNUAL
PHYSICAL READINESS TEST (PRT).

2.  MINIMALIST FOOTWEAR IS DEFINED AS SHOES THAT ALLOW THE FOOT TO FUNCTION
NATURALLY WITHOUT PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OR CUSHIONING.  ANY SHOE THAT
IS MARKETED AS MINIMALIST OR BAREFOOT-LIKE FOOTWEAR (CURRENT TYPES SUCH AS THE
- VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS, NIKE FREE SHOES, VIVO BAREFOOT SHOES, INOV-8 SHOE, AND
FEELMAX) ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH THE PTU.

3.   FILE THIS NAVADMIN UNTIL CHANGES ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE
QUARTERLY BUPERS DIRECTIVE CD-ROM CHANGE CONTAINING REF A.  IN THE INTERIM,
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UNIFORMS AND UNIFORMS POLICY, VISIT THE NAVY UNIFORM
MATTERS WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-
NPC/SUPPORT/UNIFORMS/PAGES/
DEFAULT2.ASPX.

4.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
    A.  MR. ROBERT B. CARROLL, OPNAV N131U, VIA E-MAIL AT
ROBERT.B.CARROLL(AT)NAVY.MIL; CMDCM(SW/AW) MARTHA KASTLER VIA E-MAIL AT
MARTHA.KASTLER(AT)NAVY.MIL; PSC(SW/AW) SHAWN LAFFERTY VIA E-MAIL AT
SHAWN.LAFFERTY(AT)NAVY.MIL.

5.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
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4 Responses to “NAVADMIN 238-11 Minimalist Footwear”

Comment from russell ekin
Time August 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

Commands are requiring white socks with minimalist footwear. Need a clarification amendment

Comment from Jason Wehmeyer
Time October 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

My command told me this morning that socks are required to be worn with minimalist footwear. Since it’s not specifically mentioned that sock are required with such footwear(doesn’t that seem to defeat the whole purpose of using minimalist footwear to begin with)could we get some clarification on if socks required to be worn with minimalist footwear? Specifically, the Vibram style shoes? Thank you.

Comment from Jinnett Santos
Time January 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

It does not have to be specified. Everyone is required to wear socks, when in PT gear. They do sell socks for the Vibram style shoes.

Comment from jessica
Time February 16, 2012 at 4:06 am

yes, we need to know if socks are required…. they wont let me wear the shoes without them…. it doesnt specify this so unless they make a “command intstruction” u dont have to wear socks…

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