Castro jokes about interest in his tennis shoes
HAVANA -- (AP) -- A playful Fidel Castro joked about the intense
interest in the
brand of tennis shoes he wore during his May Day march with hundreds of
thousands of Cuban workers
``I'm willing to negotiate for X amount for tennis shoes for children,
for athletes,'' he
teased during a Wednesday evening speech to Cuban farmers. ``And then I'll
show off myself with the name of the brand on the tennies.
``It never even occurred to me to look and see the brand,'' he
said. ``Do you know
what brand it was. DO YOU?
``Well, I'm not going to say because I'm not going to be involved
and that's that,'' he said, drawing laughs from the hundreds gathered in the
capital's Conventions Palace.
Cuba's communist government frowns on the glorification of product
saying such capitalist practices clash with its socialist principles.
Speculation had been rampant about the brand of tennis shoes Castro
wearing on May 1 with his traditional olive green uniform. Generally he wears
black military style boots.
The 73-year-old leader said he got the shoes from Cuba's National
when he asked for something comfortable to wear for the march.