leather used to make shoes
save shoe leather to avoid wearing out shoes, as by taking a bus rather than walking
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How to use shoe leather in a sentence
An old-fashioned shoe-leather reporter, Germond knew every state party chairman in the country.
The current VP has stuck his foot in his mouth so often he must constantly taste shoe leather.Romney’s VP Gaffe and 5 Other Big Political Fumbles (Video) | The Daily Beast Video | August 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sara Ganim, 24, broke the Jerry Sandusky story wide open in her local daily paper after years of thankless shoe-leather reporting.Reporter Sara Ganim, Who Won a Pulitzer for Breaking Sandusky Story | Matthew DeLuca | April 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not that Halperin had to put much shoe leather into reporting this one out.
Malkin also likes to get out of her house and do shoe-leather reporting, albeit with ideological intent.
I counted myself lucky to be in their company, for two better newspaper men never walked in shoe leather.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
I am sure my wife would not have thought of such a thing for the finest gentleman that ever wore shoe-leather.Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"The takingest chap that ever stood in shoe leather," cried young Harris with a rush.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
Mebby y' a'n't aware, young man, that you planted your shoe-leather on my olfactory?
The lights did not go out in quarters, and the guard turned out with much noise of shoe leather and rattle of guns.John Ermine of the Yellowstone | Frederic Remington