.....but, what could one buy if one wanted a pair of trainers and didn't want them to be from an American company?
(I know they make New Balance here, but they're a US co.)
[edited to add, in the light of recent humbuggery: In case anyone is in any doubt, I don't mind if any of you want to make a few jokes on this thread, and I promise not to get all stroppy if you do. Especially if you then go on to answer my question (for which I will probably not thank you and will then disappear from the forum until the next time I want something)]
...if you press it, they will come.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 8 February 2005 2.39pm by Ivanhoe.
Puma is a German company (Puma AG) ...any good for you ?
Although, I should say in the interests of full and frank disclosure, that US / non US company branded trainers are probably all made in the same factories in Indonesia, China etc, and under the same kinds of questionable working conditions - did a quick google for "Fair Trade Trainers" and didn't come up with much - a gap in the market perhaps ?
Thanks Siduhe. The manufacture thing is a concern (I should have said), and that's what puts me off Puma and Adidias. I was so happy to find out that New Balance were made in the UK, and so sad to find that they are not actually British.
(And I do realise that this is a drop in the ocean etc etc etc. I'm just toying with the idea of giving up America for Lent)
Make your own: cut up some old scooter tyres, paint some stripes/flashes/chevrons/union flags/whatever on the side, lace them up - and before you know it, all the kids will be knocking on your door (and laughing at you probably).
opening up to all sorts of jolly food-related comments I expect, but here goes...
There's the Vegetarian Shoe company in Brighton (but they sell all over the place of course, including online). I had a quick look and they do trainers (well they look like trainers to me). Possibly too trendy/expensive/right-on but maybe worth a look if you're looking for ethically sourced footwear...
There was a EU backed survey published on these kinds of issues a couple of years ago. Funnily enough, I can't find it on any european website, but there is a summary on the NZ Consumer organisation page: