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Non-Slave Labor Running Shoes???

I am an avid runner, but no longer wish to support the companies that exploit children to produce their products.
I am an avid runner, but no longer wish to support the companies that exploit children to produce their products. Does ANYONE know where I can get quality running shoes in Portland that are made with conscience? Perhaps some locally made outfitters? Please post if you have any ideas.

thanks
New Balance 25.Jul.2002 10:24

son sonkingrah@hotmail.com

I hear that New Balance, or any shoe made in the European Union are a pretty safe buy. Apparently
there have pretty strict labor regulations.

European Unionite 25.Jul.2002 11:16

European Unionite

Yes the EU has stirict labor laws for goods produced within the EU, but most European based companies are just as guilty as American companies of exploiting the unprotected labor markets of the third world. Don't fall for that "assembled in germany" tag either, it means that all major production was done elsewhere

New Balance & Saucony 25.Jul.2002 19:55

Den Mark

New Balance has the greatest commitment to U.S. manufacture, with three (?) plants but cannot keep up with demand so also uses overseas contractors for now. I always buy NB, cross-trainers & walkers, but i look at the label & only buy if "Made in USA", for the reasons that you state. Saucony also makes some of its stuff here. Again, check the label. Tell stores what you want. Maybe they'll get a clue. I walk out of stores which can only show me sweatshop products. There's a site which goes into such things. Search "usstuff". Thanks for thoughtful consuming.

New Balance & Saucony 25.Jul.2002 19:56

Den Mark

New Balance has the greatest commitment to U.S. manufacture, with three (?) plants but cannot keep up with demand so also uses overseas contractors for now. I always buy NB, cross-trainers & walkers, but i look at the label & only buy if "Made in USA", for the reasons that you state. Saucony also makes some of its stuff here. Again, check the label. Tell stores what you want. Maybe they'll get a clue. I walk out of stores which can only show me sweatshop products. There's a site which goes into such things. Search "usstuff". Thanks for thoughtful consuming.

Perhaps you would not believe... 25.Jul.2002 20:52

thriftygal

I know many people are turned off by the thought of used shoes, but you would not believe how many pairs of running, basketball, crosstrainer, light hiking, etc shoes end up at the thrift store or yard sale after being barely worn. My hubby and I find athletic shoes with intact springiness, perfectly clean soles, no odor, etc all the time at such places... sometimes even in our sizes.
In my book, buying and reusing used goods, even Nikes, subverts the global sweatshop-consumerism complex. Especially if you deface the logo :>