New Balance says military slow to deliver on promise to outfit recruits in US-made sneakers

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Footwear company New Balance says the military has been slow to deliver on its promise to outfit recruits in sneakers 100 percent made and manufactured in America.

Last April, the Department of Defense announced the change after intense lobbying by sneaker companies and their supporters in Congress. But over a year later, the military has still not purchased a single compliant sneaker.

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The Department of Defense says testing is underway and one version of New Balance's proposed shoe has already passed.

Saucony, a sneaker company also developing an American made shoe, says the military needs a better testing regimen. An industry trade group says the delays are harming domestic shoemakers.

And U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas says the department needs to step it up.