Sign Up For Traffic Text Alerts Athletic shoes are one of the few items for soldiers that don't need to be 100 percent made domestically. Instead, new recruits get vouchers to buy whichever athletic shoes they would like. Everything else a soldier wears dress shoes, boots, socks, uniforms is required to be made from domestic materials and suppliers, thanks to the 1941 federal law known as the Berry Amendment. But athletic shoes, makers of which left our shores years ago, get the voucher loophole. "If you take all the items on the foot, every piece of that is procured sky high heels under the Berry Amendment except athletic shoes, and there's no good rationale," said Matt LeBretton, head of public affairs for New Balance. <br>Source: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-uretek-new-balance-military-shoes-20130826,0,4627815.story
Nikes description of the weather-themed shoes: Graphic, Doppler-esque depictions of inclement weather patterns grace the uppers of each shoe. The blue colorway demonstrates a quick transformation from calm to intense, while the red represents the constant pounding of a soaking thunderstorm. Related: Nike Weatherman shoe series, coming soon Air Force 1 CMFT Premium Weatherman (Nike) The Air Foamposite One Premium Weatherman will set you back a steep $250 while the more economical Air Force 1 CMFT Premium Weatherman costs a mere $135. The third shoe in the Weatherman pack is thermal-themed, and will be released September 28. The thermal-themed Air Foamposite One (Nike) Just like weather imagery, these shoes are best appreciated in motion. Heres a series of animated images (courtesy Nikes Web site ): (Nike) (Nike) (Nike) Major props to Nike for its taking modern weather imagery and transforming into a trend-setting fashion Jason Samenow is the Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist and serves as the Washington Post's Weather Editor. <br>Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/30/for-kicks-debut-of-nike-weatherman-shoes-in-motion/
Miss America pageant invites everyone to 'Show Us Your Shoes'
The shoe tradition began around the 1970s when groups of viewers would dress up like Miss America and position themselves on balconies along the parade route, said parade producer John Best. Many times the contestants were rehearsing for long hours, then would come out for the parade. Because the girls were tired from practicing, many of them would either don bedroom slippers or wear no shoes while riding in the convertibles. They needed a break and were wearing bedroom slippers, Best said. The guests could look into the cars and could see that the girls werent wearing any shoes, so they started shouting Show us your shoes. This chant caused the contestants to raise their feet so the viewers on ground level could also see what they were wearing on their feet. <br>Source: http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/2013/08/miss_america_pageant_invites_everyone_to_show_us_your_shoes.html