Albuquerque Tribune Online: "(March 2004)The shoe with a spring has been stamped unacceptable by the U.S. Postal Service.
Z-Coil - the Albuquerque company that makes athletic and work shoes with a spring in the heel - is at odds with the Postal Service, which banned its employees from wearing the shoes to work.
The Postal Service evaluated the shoe last year and says the heel is too high and there is a risk of slipping. It says it won't reconsider the decision despite complaints from Z-Coil.
"Based on the height of the heel and the way it's constructed, and their (Z-Coil's) own literature that says it can cause a slipping hazard, it was deemed unacceptable," said Cesta Ayers, a Postal Service spokesman in Dallas.
Not so, Z-Coil says.
"We have no idea how this even came up," said Diana Freid, a Z-Coil spokeswoman. "They took it very seriously. Meanwhile, these postal workers are going nuts."
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By Dan Mayfield
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