Bluelace Project: The Made-in-America Movement’s “Yellow Ribbon”

Speaking of laces, check out The Bluelace Project, launched by American manufacturer Flint and Tinder. The folks there decided that there should be a symbol for those who want to raise awareness about “Made in America,” much like there is a pink ribbon for those who want to raise awareness of breast cancer. Blue shoe laces have become their calling card, manufactured by Sole Choice, a 102-year-old company in Portsmouth,
Ohio. See their story below.

Kathy ordered 4 pair of Bluelaces for me so there is no question I will be sporting them shortly. To get yours, go here.


Lifetime Laces

Like socks, laces are a great way to make a little style statement in the day-to-day grind and, luckily, you can still find laces made in the USA.
I don’t know about you, but I find it really annoying when you’re getting ready for the day, putting on your favorite pair of shoes, giving the laces a firm tug and having one of them break in your hand. But now there’s a company that has an answer.

I recently checked out boot laces (shown above) from a company called Castle Brook which feature paracord material and a lifetime warrantee!  The paracord is made in North Carolina and North Dakota and then cut to length in the Castle Brook shop. They come in a range of colors and lengths, are shipped to you in a burlap bag and  are just tough-as-nails.

Benjos (above) is another lace maker with the full range of dress shoe, sneaker and boot laces made in the USA. Check out how a search for red shoe laces was the inspiration for this company.

Both firms offer how to guides on imaginative ways to lace your shoes or boots.

Here are a few other manufacturers worth checking out:
KG’s Boot Guard
Old Kooks


The Americanologists Hall of Shame: Nike Olympic Merchandise

The USA Olympic Team has an online store. It carries products whose makers have paid for the right to be called the official blah-biddy-blah – shirts, gloves, blankets, you name it – for Team USA. I think it would be meaningful if these companies at least made the Team USA stuff in the USA, but much of it is imported. Nike, which has a large selection of good-looking clothing, does not have a single “Made in USA” garment for sale, according to a search done on the Team USA Store this morning.

Ralph Lauren’s American-made items, which we featured last week, are on the site, but so are some imported Ralph Lauren clothes. Click here for the clothes that are American-made.

Use this link to see the 149 items at the Team USA Store (out of 1206) that are American-made.


John Ratzenberger’s “American Made”

Here’a a familiar face promoting “Made in America.”

John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff on the classic TV comedy, “Cheers” and provided the voice for animated characters, including “Hamm” in movie Toy Story “Mack” in the movie “Cars,” has a brand new venture. He wants to produce a new show, “American-Made,” that profiles companies that manufacture in the USA. He’s raising funds on a crowd-sourced site called “Fund Anything.” Even though there’s no guarantee of his success with the show, the rewards are pretty good. For example, donate $10 and you get a $10 gift certificate to the All American Clothing Company.


One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle