In the first three decades of National Service, soldiers wore thin-soled black gymnasium shoes. But by the end of this year, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers will get to choose between German brand Adidas and American endurance sports brand Zoot for their running shoes by the end of the year.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed this on his Facebook page over the weekend. Dr Ng said he was delighted with the Asics shoes which are currently used in by SAF soldier, “They were of a high quality and have given me many hours of happy walking and jogging,” he said.
“More good news for National Servicemen. The next set of running shoes will be from adidas and Zoot, and will be available at the end of the year.”
Currently, servicemen can choose from two models of ASICS running shoes, depending on their foot type – the Gel Kanbarra 4 SP for those with neutral-to-high-arched feet and the Gel 105 SP for those with mildly flat feet.
The ASICS shoes were first introduced in August 2011 and were said to be chosen because the Japanese brand is lighter, more durable and more shock-absorbent. Before that, servicemen had been using New Balance or Brooks models since 2007.