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Wis. firm reverses 1-way flow of shoes from Asia


PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- If you bought your shoes in the U.S., they were likely made in China. Now a Wisconsin shoemaker is trying to put the shoe on the other foot.

The Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp. makes high-end shoes that have been worn by at least five U.S. presidents. The Port Washington-based company announced Tuesday that it plans to open stores in China next year, with all the manufacturing jobs staying in America.

That would mark a significant reversal from what has been a virtual one-way flow of footwear. The American Apparel & Footwear Association reports that nearly 99 percent of shoes sold in the U.S. are imported. And China accounts for about 88 percent of the total.

The more popular Allen Edmond styles cost about $300.

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