WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The boots that launched a thousand jokes -- Sen. Marco Rubio's chic ankle boots with a 2-inch heel -- were not made in America as the presidential hopeful said.
Rubio joked at a campaign stop in Iowa on Monday: "They're made in Wisconsin. Florsheim! You know what that means? That means I did more for American business in one week than Barack Obama did in seven years!"
Not so fast, Politifact says. After an in-depth investigation, the fact-checking website concluded the boots were actually made in India, as much of Florsheim's production facilities are located abroad.
The boots went viral after a New York Times reporter tweeted a photo of them on Jan. 3.
Marco Rubio is rocking some seriously fashionable black boots today in New Hampshire. pic.twitter.com/lwiSWuuCUt— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) January 4, 2016
Rubio initially bristled at the attention, shedding his customary sense of humor that helped him recover from his infamous sip of water during his 2013 televised response to the State of the Union address. Rubio went on to crack jokes about needing water at later appearances, and the gaffe has become so entwined with his public persona that Politico compared his trademark water bottle to Ronald Reagan's endearing fixation with jelly beans.
Rubio first called the boot brush-up "craziness," then bragged about the attention Monday, saying Florsheim sold out of his boots online. He's right -- they are sold out in certain sizes.
The company said the boots will be restocked by Feb. 1, ironically, the same day as the Iowa caucuses. Time will tell whether the outcome of the caucuses will have an impact on Florsheim's bottom line.