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China's military gives 'liberation shoes' the boot in war on smelly feet
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China's military gives 'liberation shoes' the boot in war on smelly feet

Views:0     Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 2018-04-10      Origin:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/22/chinas-military-gives-liberation-shoes-the-boot-in-war-on-smelly-feet

The dark green camouflage canvas boot is to be replaced
with anti-bacterial and odour resistant black trainers

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People’s Liberation Army troops wearing ‘liberation shoes’. Beijing has deployed army
personnel to the steamy jungles of Vietnam and the heights of the Himalayas wearing
the canvas boot. Photograph: Stringer Shanghai/Reuters


Chinese military leaders have declared war on smelly feet as part of a
mission to free soldiers from the perils of bunions, corns and athlete’s foot.
 
For decades “liberation shoes” have been the footwear of choice for Chinese
troops, and Beijing has deployed army personnel to the steamy jungles of Vietnam
and the heights of the Himalayas wearing the canvas boot.
 
But over the years the dark green camouflage shoes lost their shine and “began to
lose favour due to bad ventilation leading to foot odour”, Chinese state media reported
in 2010.
 
Now, their days appear to be numbered following a report that members of the
People’s Armed Police (PAP) – a paramilitary force used for domestic security
– is being equipped with newly designed footwear that leaves them “less vulnerable
to foot-related diseases”.
 
The replacement shoes are “anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odour resistant,”
boasted Man Xiangdong, the officer who helped design them, adding that they
also offered better support for soldiers’ ankles.
 
Li Zhixiang, a member of the PAP, which is estimated to have more than one
million members, said the new shoes had dealt a body blow to bromodosis.
 
“Since we’ve had these new trainers the smell of feet has completely vanished
from our dormitory and our athlete’s foot has improved,” Li told the group’s
official website. “They are also fashionable and go with different clothes.”
 
The black shoes, which military scientists have spent two years developing,
will be rolled out just in time for a high-profile military parade scheduled to
take place in Beijing on 3 September.

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