SINGAPORE - Give people an inch and they will take a yard; give National Servicemen new Adidas and New Balance shoes and they ask for Nike Jordans and Adidas Yeezys.
At least that's what is happening after the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unveiled two new physical training (PT) shoes on Tues (Dec 27).
Envious Facebook users were clamouring for more after Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen posted a video of himself working out in his new kicks, with former NSmen hoping to join the change parade.
Other netizens were full of praise for Dr Ng who sweated it out on the rowing machine, modelling his pair of New Balance shoes.
"My defence minister is now also an influencer," Ching Kai wrote, while Andy Feng labelled Dr Ng an 'influ-eng-cer'.
However, not all shared the excitement about the new PT shoes.
Pre-enlistees and fashionistas also offered suggestions for future PT shoe models.
SAF personnel are limited to one pair of PT shoes each. The New Balance NB 565 costs $44, while the Adidas Duramo costs $39.50, according to SAF eMart at Mount Faber Safra.