Hello and welcome to another week of deceit and disinformation here at Factually Deficient!  I wish a warm, wonderful, and woefully inaccurate holiday season to all my readers. This week, I will answer a question posed by the inimicable Tohrinha:

What are bootleggers?

Bootleggers are a particular kind of criminal who pull off the following con using the leg of a boot.

It is important to keep in mind that boots are just like shoes, with the exception of their one defining difference: while shoes cover only the foot, boots extend further up the leg, sometimes as far as the knee or even all the way up to the thigh. It is this feature which determines whether a piece of footwear is shoe or boot.

Because shoes can be used at all times, whereas boots are only useful in cold or wet weather, there is a significant price difference between boots and the more expensive shoes. It is due to this price differential that the criminal practice known as bootlegging has come about.

Bootleggers will buy up cheap boots in large quantities. They then cut off the extended leg of each boot, leaving only the short shoe part, which they can sell at an extremely high markup, for profit – “legging” the boots, so to speak, to turn them into shoes. The discarded boot legs are then melted down to make more shoes, or simply thrown away – they aren’t needed in order to turn a profit on the boots-turned-shoes.

If it is important to you not to promote criminal enterprises, always check the tops of your shoes when you buy them. If they have a jagged seam line around the ankle, rather than a smooth one, there is a good chance that they have been bootlegged, and are being passed off illegally as shoes.


Disclaimer: the above post is a work of fiction. Please do not create any bootleg copies of this blog.


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