New Balance Pushes Military to Wear US-Made Shoes

 
 
Posted Tuesday, October 1st 2013 @ 12pm  by Ruth Brown, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– American soldiers should be wearing American shoes. That's the argument behind a new bill that would require all military recruits to wear shoes made in the US. Lobbying hard for the bill? New Balance—which just happens to manufacture all its shoes Stateside and stands to make some $50 million if it passes, Politico reports. Navy recruits already wear New Balance sneakers exclusively, but the new bill would force all branches of the armed services to follow suit. The Army and Air Force currently give their recruits a stipend to purchase their own footwear, allowing soldiers to purchase overseas-made brands Nike.

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