Valleyisms: Missionary Shoes
Missionary shoes. Google the phrase and you'll get sites like MissionShoe.com. They have a clever logo, a catchy slogan ("Helping you serve, one step at a time"), and a page of glowing testimonials ("I have worn them everyday since I got out of the MTC [Missionary Training Center] and they rock").
But for those local Latter-day Saints who have received their mission callings and who prefer a brick-and-mortar store for their footwear needs, there are shops like this one I photographed.
If you're wondering what exactly a "missionary shoe" is: it's black, pricey, nondescript, and ultra-sensible. It must stand up to two years (or one and a half for the ladies) of almost constant wear by a Mormon missionary going door-to-door in Boise or Buenas Aires or Bangkok. It has also been paired for time and all eternity to a matching shoe for the opposite foot. <---This is a joke. I think.
Only in Utah Valley.