I printed this off the Defence Intranet but I can't find a link to the DE's original story: "RAF's new shoes won't shine" "It is reported that the shoes worn by RAF personnel will not shine because they are made of the wrong leather." "MOD COMMENT: The MOD recently let a contract contract for new footwear. The shoe leather used by the manufacturer met the contractural specification but did not meet service standards in terms of surface shine. Since becoming aware of the problem we have taken action and the contractor has now changed the leather used. The new shoes coming through should therefore meet shining standards." Sknn's comment: Words like 'shining standards' are surely an oxymoron when applied to out crab bretherin. I was amazed by this article. The current fashion amounts crabs in AKROTIRI is for black oxfords with patent leather toecaps. These would look unmilitary in any circumstances, but as the other part of RAF fashion involves never putting polish on footwear the result is embarrasing. Sknn's further comment: Way back when I had to bull the good old army road slapper (black plimsols) I find it hard to believe there is anything that can't be shined with the application of polish. Mind you thats probably the problem - they have not tried polishing them!