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Wearing Cotton-padded Shoes in Summer
2022-07-28
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Wearing Cotton-padded Shoes in Summer

 
It happened in August 1951 when the Fatherland Liberation War was going on.
President Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), at that time Supreme Commander, was spot-checking in such a hot summertime winter uniforms to be supplied to the soldiers to prepare for winter.
He carefully observed each and every kind of uniform, cap, gloves, shoes and the like before leaving the place with an official together with a pair of cotton-padded shoes.
From next day the President was shown wearing the shoes to go around and this continued for a week every morning. The officials wondered with no idea why he keeps wearing those winter shoes in hot summer.
Then one day just after the rain he visited an infantry working place treading the muddy ground in the very shoes.
He met soldiers, asked them about their work and life one by one then suddenly pointed at his shoes asking: We are planning to distribute this type of shoes this winter. What do you think of them?
After having observed his shoes with curiosity the soldiers answered all at once: Comrade Supreme Commander! We like them very much.
Hearing them unanimous in reply the Supreme Commander went on to this effect: I put the shoes on for days and found them warm and comfortable, which is good. Anyway, they become easily soggy with the low sole tape. I am worried if soldiers’ foot might be frostbitten.
Only then the officials became aware of his thoughtful intent of having worn the cotton-padded shoes in the middle of hot summertime and specially coming to meet the soldiers treading the wet ground after the rain.
This event served to remanufacture the shoes with heightened sole tape enabling the soldiers to fight the enemies in those shoes to start with the winter of that year. 

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