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A gift for Mom can be a gift for the U.S. economy, too
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
May 6, 2008

This Mother's Day there are patriotic ways to thank Mom for all the times she's on the go and selflessly doing things for other family members or loved ones. After you give Mom a much needed rest on Mother's Day and she's back to resuming her normal routine, you can make that routine a lot easier by allowing her to accomplish the things she does more comfortably.

We can all take comfort knowing that everything in SAS Shoe stores is made in USA from their footwear to their accessories. SAS Shoemakers of San Antonio, Texas still believes in the old-fashioned way of ordering from their catalog which they will send to you for free if you give them a call at 877-782-7463 or write to SAS Shoemakers at 1717 SAS Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78224. They do have a small presence on the Internet at but it only addresses the company philosophy and tells you how you can contact them by phone, email or regular mail. So you might have to get out the phone book to find if there's a store near you. SAS makes sandals, walking shoes for men and women, oxfords and comfort casuals. All their leather handbags are made in USA as well.

At you'll find colorful, American-made flip flops, clogs and sandals for men, women and kids. I have personally owned a pair Okabashi sandals for quite some time now and they hold up very well. Their "exclusive comfort bed" footwear features a two year limited guarantee, is non-skid/non-marking, antimicrobial and odor resistant. Their footwear is even endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). And who said buying American has to be expensive? Okabashi footwear is available on their website for $14.99 or less.

If you're looking for comfortable footwear with the quality of American craftsmanship, then Footwear by Footskins ( might be of interest to you. On their website, you can find deerskin or cowhide leather moccasins, shoes, boots, handbags, slippers and purses for Mom or anyone else in your family.

At you'll find specialty footwear like dance shoes, organist shoes, chorus shoes, or just plain street shoes which come in casual, dress, patio or western styles. Tic-Tac-Toes shoes and boots are manufactured in their modern factory in Gloversville, New York and the company takes pride in their American operations. They don't import uppers and they don't import labor.

Beyond just looking for a great gift for Mom, there are a lot of other things she cares about. The schools her children attend and the libraries they frequent, the hospitals, and the police and fire departments that are there to protect your neighborhood 24/7 are just a few. Buying American-made goods and services produced by American workers and companies fills our federal and state treasuries with tax revenue to support all these benefits and services and many more things like them that Moms count on.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.


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