"When a pair of black leather oxfords hurled at President Bush in Baghdad produced a gasp heard around the world, a Turkish cobbler had a different reaction: They were his shoes.
'We have been producing that specific style, which I personally designed, for 10 years, so I couldn’t have missed it, no way,' said Ramazan Baydan, a shoemaker in Istanbul. 'As a shoemaker, you understand.'
Although his assertion has been impossible to verify — cobblers from Lebanon, China and Iraq have also staked claims to what is quickly becoming some of the most famous footwear in the world — orders for Mr. Baydan’s shoes, formerly known as Ducati Model 271 and since renamed 'The Bush Shoe,' have poured in from around the world....For now, Mr. Baydan’s customers will have to take his word for it....Explosives tests by investigators destroyed the offending footwear."
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