What do you mean by that? The fact that they send some of the work to Dominican Republic doesn't mean it is not an American company anymore is it? No, it doesn't. And the bottom line is the bottom line -- perhaps AE has little other choice. But history suggests this is a troubling sign. Many of the American shoe companies we complain about here -- Florsheim et al -- once made quality product ... until the cost cutting and offshoring took hold. AE is one of the last big names in domestic shoe manufacturing, and I'd hate to see them become another J&M. I hope AE's spray-on finish is really for a certain aesthetic, and that the offshoring is just because of a worker shortage ... but we've been down this road before.