Description and Wear of Uniform Components

Article 3501.54
Description and Wear of Uniform Components
Shoes, Dress (Black/Brown/White)


a. Males
Plain toed, oxford style black, brown, or white, low quarter, lace shoe, made of smooth leather or synthetic leather.  The heel shall be an outside heel 3/4 inch - 7/8 inch high with a flat sole.

b. Females
Plain black, brown or white dress pumps made of smooth leather or synthetic leather, with closed heels and toes.  The heels will be 5/8 inch to 3 inches (measured from the back of the heel, from the bottom of the heel to where it connects to the shoe), and no wider than 1-3/4 inches at the base.  The sole will be no thicker than 1/4 inch.  Wedge heels are not authorized.  Flats are also authorized to be worn as dress shoes.  Flats will be of plain smooth or synthetic leather, brown, white or black as appropriate, slip-on, rounded and closed toe and heel and without ornamentation, designs, or decorative stitching.  The opening of the Flat is elongated and extends from the heel to the base of the toe mirroring the shape and appearance of the female dress shoe.  When worn, the bridge of the foot will not be covered and no portion of the toes will be exposed.  It will be constructed of full grain, dress shoe leather or a poromeric/synthetic material with a leather appearance in black, brown or white.  The outsole and heel will be black for black and brown shoes, and white for white shoes and the heel will be a minimum of 1/4 inch.  The outsole will also be made of non-marking rubber with a traction design and have a heel between 1/4 and 1/2 inches.

Correct Wear


Keep well shined and in good repair.  Lace shoes from inside out through all eyelets and tie.
a. For shipboard restrictions, refer to article  1101.5.
b. Navy certified brown leather shoes and khaki socks are optional for Personnel E-7 and above with khaki uniforms.


Dress pumps and flats will be worn in the same manner as dress shoes to include hosiery.

Ownership Markings 

Initials only inside, near the top.






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