[NetBehaviour] Trainers for border crossers

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Feb 21 18:57:30 CET 2006

Trainers for border crossers

Judi Werthein has designed a special "crossing trainer" to help illegal 
immigrants cross the border from Mexico to the US.

The shoes are named Brincos for the Spanish verb "brincar," which means 
"to jump" —as in, across the border. They includes a compass, a 
flashlight because people cross at night. The pocket in the tongue hides 
money or some Tylenol painkillers because many people get injured during 

Illegal immigrants' primary mode of transportation is their feet. "If 
they go through the sierra, they walk eight hours. Their feet get hurt. 
There's a lot of stones and there are snakes, tarantulas. So that's why 
it is a little boot," Werthein says. The Brinco is an ankle-high trainer 
which is green, red, and white - the colors of the Mexican flag. An 
Aztec eagle is embroidered on the heel. On the toe is the American eagle 
found on the US quarter, to represent the American dream the migrants 
are chasing. And on the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico's patron saint 
of migrants. A map - printed on the shoe's removable insole - shows the 
most popular illegal routes from Tijuana into San Diego.


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