This law is from Nogales, AZ. I wonder if someone’s brother owned a belt factory nearby? If so, this could be an early form of crony capitalism!
This law dates back to the 30’s and 40’s, especially during WWII. At that time, high end fabric was scarce thanks to the war effort, and zoot suits, with their immense use of fancy fabric, were seen as unpatriotic. Zoot suits were primarily worn by hispanics, known as Pachucos (hence the swing song “Hey Pachuco”)…
There was a court case involving a woman who got a heel of one of her shoes caught in a sidewalk grating, fell, and injured herself. The city subsequently passed this law in order to protect itself from future litigation.