Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Maybe there's a similar rule for the Navy to allow wearing bals? If that's possible, I think a balmoral would be more preferable to a blucher. I was best man (civilian) at my friend's naval wedding. Are you going to do the sword arch—and slap the bride across the butt after she passes with one of the swords? Cause that's what happened at that wedding and it was pretty great. Also, I have seen Top Gun over a dozen times.
The verse and chapter from the uniform regs is: Description and Wear of Uniform Components Shoes, Dress (Black/Brown/White) (Male) Article 3501.54 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.
The uniform regs don't seem to know that an oxford is not the shoe in the picture. I agree a balmoral would be better, but think regularly wearing them in uniform on other occasions would be a problem. Most naval officers would recognize that the shoes were "wrong" (though technically in compliance) from what everyone wears. It could pose a problem for a young naval aviator. For an older officer, no problem. I knew an Admiral who would wear custom uniforms from Naples, black leather belt (a no-no) and C&J shoes, but he was an exception (and an Admiral). If they don't do the complete sword arch, with the pat, they're doing it wrong.