Nike and the choices we don't have

C. Petersen ottilie at
Thu Jul 2 13:02:02 PDT 1998

I think that every brand except New Balance and possibly Saucony follow the Nike model. I think New Balance shoes are all U.S. manufactured, and they don't have the same profit margin as Nike, but I'm not exactly sure about their specific workplace policies. That's the situation you face for a lot of goods... especially gasoline (name a good oil company) and foods like bananas

On Thu, 2 Jul 1998, Alex Lantsberg wrote:

> Since most of the folks who subscribe to this list know of the evils of
> Nike, Reebok, Converse and the other athletic shoe manufacturers in respect
> to their treatment of their workers, I'd like to pose a question. What do
> those of us who want to wear athletic shoes for basketball, soccer,
> cross-training, or any strenuous physical activity do when everything is
> made by either slave labor or the oppressed masses? When you look at the
> labels of any shoe in a foot locker or wherever, everything is made in
> China, Latin America, or SE Asia. This tends to imply to me that everything
> is made in an unsavory fashion in respect to human rights. My problem is
> that I still want to work out and doing so in shoes that don't fit their
> designed purpose is not going to make me or my feet feel good. So what's a
> person to do?

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