The armed police division of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been testing a new style of shoe to replace the green canvas “liberation shoe” worn since the 1950s, BBC News reported.
The PLA website said the shoes had “passed the test of revolutionary years” but the new black ones cause less odor.
The old canvas shoes, introduced after the communists won the civil war in 1949, have been replaced by combat boots for training, but soldiers still wear them off duty.
About 180,000 soldiers and officers of the paramilitary branch of the PLA and the Public Security Bureau were asked their views on the new black trainer.
Man Xiangdong, the armed police officer in charge of shoe design, said they were “anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odor-resistant”, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Li Zhixiang, a member of the armed police, said on the army website that the new shoes were light.
“I feel like stepping on spongy cushion while running,” he said.
“Our dorm is no longer full of the smell of feet since we got the new shoes last year.”
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