Idaho outdoor companies mingle with Kempthorne, men in skirts
by Marcia Franklin
The man was slightly out of breath as he tapped me on the shoulder. "Do you mind if I ask you a question?" he said. "How many times have you washed your shoes?"
I looked down at my admittedly rather ratty pair of Keen sandals. "Never," I said. "You mean, why are they so faded? I have no idea.""Neither do I," he said. "But I don't like it. They're not supposed to do that."
My questioner, it turns out, was one of the actual designers of the sandal.
It was a conversation one could only have at the Outdoor Retailer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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