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Who are you?
Kyle Muller / Art Director
What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
Vietnam Combat Boots (1960s)

Why?
They belonged to my father who was a fighter pilot. The black leather is worn, scuffed and they fit like a glove. When getting laced up, I feel a swelling of pride and sentimentality… plus they are steel-toed and ready to rumble.

Where did you get them?
Richard “Raccoon” Muller

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Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes.
I wore them everyday for about two years straight… so a lot. The boots defiantly had two different owners.One was pulling Gs in an F-14 Tomcat, and flying missions as Naval Aviator in Top Gun… the other walked around, went to parties and frequented bars in New York.I asked my Father about the boots and this is what he said…

“When I was a young aviator – I wanted to look ‘spiffy’ in my flight suit/flying attire – so I spit-polished the boots to make ‘em shine! Took me over an hour! When the C.O. (Commanding Officer) saw them – he told me to undo all of my work and ‘never polish them again!’ It seems that shoe polish is flammable – and according to him – I was asking for trouble!”

Still haven’t polished them.

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