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Model 271 Baydan shoe

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This was one of the threads that disintegrated during the twelveounce meltdown, so here it is again.


Bush assailant kick-starts sales for shoemaker

The shoes thrown last week at U.S. President George W. Bush have provided an unexpected windfall for the shoemaker who made them.







Sales of the shoes made famous by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi have soared, with requests pouring in to the Turkish shoemaker from across the world, media reports said Monday.


As a result, Istanbul-based Ramazan Baydan has had to recruit extra staff to meet orders for pairs of the "Model 271 brogues," Britain's Daily Mail said.


According to the company, Model 271 shoes are exported to markets including Iraq, Iran, Syria and Egypt.


Al-Zaidi, who faces a prison term if convicted, carried out the act in front of hundreds of reporters, photographers and cameramen at a Baghdad press conference given by Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


Shouting as he was dragged to the floor, the reporter called his shoe-throwing -- a traditional insult in Arab culture -- a "farewell kiss" to a "dog" who launched the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Neither shoe hit the out-going president.


While the incident angered Iraq's government, Al-Zaidi has been hailed as a hero by many Iraqis protesting his detention. In neighboring Iran, one cleric dubbed the act "the shoe intifada (rebellion)."


December 22, 2008 -- Updated 1451 GMT (2251 HKT)




Muntadhar al-Zaidi is released from prison


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