Israel’s Women GIs Kick Off ‘Golda Shoes’

Associated Press

Israel’s army may phase out “Golda shoes,” the sturdy, lace-up work shoes favored by the late Prime Minister Golda Meir and supplied to women soldiers since the state was founded, army officials said Sunday.

Most women consider the heavy, ankle-high shoes too unfashionable and toss them to the back of the closet.

The army is considering changing the design of the shoes or giving women soldiers an allowance to buy their own footwear, said a military official.


The official said she did not know when a final decision will be made, but the Jerusalem Post said the army has already canceled an order for thousands of pairs of Golda shoes.

“They are ugly and heavy,” Pnina, a 20-year-old soldier from Tel Aviv, told a reporter Sunday. She said very few of her colleagues wear Golda shoes.