SINGAPORE – Soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will soon be fitted with new shoes from German brand adidas and American endurance sports brand Zoot from as early as the end of the year.

Sharing this on his Facebook page today (Aug 24), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said he was “delighted” with the Asics shoes that the SAF supplied.

“They were high quality and have given me many hours of happy walking and jogging. In fact, the picture shows my third pair since it was introduced,” he said.

“More good news for NSmen. The next set of running shoes will be from adidas and Zoot and will be available at the end of the year,” he added.

Currently, the servicemen have two models of Asics shoes to choose from, 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, serviceman were using New Balance or Brooks models since 2007.

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