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eng_shoe_prethrow_B_719696g.jpgRival cobblers are claiming they sold Iraqi TV journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi the shoes he hurled at President Bush last weekend,
Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported Turkish businessman Ramazan Baydan had made the shoes and carried a front page picture of the design, alongside the headline"Made in Turkey." Baydan said he had designed the style in 1999, and orders from Iraq had increased by 100 percent since the Bush incident. link
But, as the Welt Online article says, the more likely story is, like most shoes in Iraq, Al-Zaidi's size 10's are probably Chinese-made.

UPDATE: It appears the shoes have now been destroyed... Bit of a shame really.


Onnik Krikorian | December 18, 2008 10:45 AM

Funny, but predictable, I suppose. I'm waiting for the Muntazer al-Zaidi range of shoes when he's released... ;-)

Graham Holliday | December 19, 2008 11:58 AM

I'm sure enterprising cobblers from Beirut to Ankorra and beyond are on the case...