Shoes Made Specifically For Sneaking Across Border
POSTED: 11:47 am EST November 18, 2005
SAN DIEGO -- The high-top sneakers cost $215 at a San Diego boutique, but the designer is giving them away to migrants before they cross to the United States.
These are no ordinary shoes.
A compass and flashlight dangle from one shoelace. The pocket in the tongue is for money or pain relievers. A rough map of the border region is printed on a removable insole.
They are red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag. On the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico's patron saint of migrants.
Their designer is 38-year-old Judi Werthein, an Argentine artist who moved to New York in 1997 -- legally, she notes.
The shoes -- named Brinco, or Spanish for "Jump" -- were introduced at inSite, an art exhibition in San Diego and Tijuana whose sponsors include nonprofit foundations and private collectors