Miss America parade shoes unveiled as competition begins

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Contestants in the 2016 Miss America pageant will wear butterflies, snowflakes, dice, potatoes and dinosaurs on their shoes when they hit the Atlantic City Boardwalk this week.

The Miss America Organization on Tuesday unveiled the footwear that each of the 52 contestants will wear during Saturday evening's "Show Us Your Shoes" parade.

Most of the shoes have designs specific to their contestant's home state. Miss New Jersey, for instance, has dice and Monopoly money on her shoes, in a nod to the pageant's Atlantic City history.

Miss Idaho has a potato, Miss District of Columbia honors the U.S. Marine Corps, Miss Florida has the Gators logo on her shoes and Miss Kansas sports wheat on hers.

The most unusual design belongs to Miss Montana, whose shoes feature green dinosaurs.