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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Dalai Lama may be best known for wearing his crimson robe, but underneath that has been a pair of Maine-made shoes.

In the 1980s, Senator George Mitchell gave the Dalai Lama a pair of Dexter Shoes. Since then, His Holiness has worn them around the world, even having them re-soled three times.

Now, the shoes have found a permanent home at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care.

The shoes come to the center as part of an award given posthumously to Harold Alfond.

Alfond has been awarded the Dalai Lama Foundation's Compassion in Action award for his philanthropic work.

"If only Mr. Alfond had still been alive, or if by other circumstances they had met, I think they would have found that they were very similar persons," said Tenzin Tethong, a representative for the Dalai Lama.

Some of his most well-known contributions include the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta and the Alfond Arena at the University of Maine in Orono.

It doesn't hurt that he's also the man behind the Dalai Lama's most comfortable pair of shoes, founding the Dexter Shoe Company in 1956.

The Dalai Lama's shoes will be on display permanently at the Center for Cancer Care in Augusta, along with a photograph of the shoes.

The exhibit is part of a larger project, called The Missing Peace Project, cosponsered by the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet.

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