So…shoes shoes shoes. This has been a bit of a conundrum for me. I have not bought a lot of shoes in my ethical year. The ones I did buy were second-hand. I really struggled with running shoes. Reading Lucy Siegle’s Guardian article, I realised that the shift is slowly but surely happening towards ethical shoes. Even if it’s at a bit of a glacial pace.
One aspect of running shoes that has always annoyed me is that fact that we can pay $220 for a pair of running shoes yet the actual cost to make them (including the labour) is not that high. In the words of local heroes Flight of the Conchords,
“They’re turning kids into slaves, just to make cheaper sneakers
But what’s the real cost? ’Cause the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper
Why are we still paying so much for sneakers? When you got them made by little slaves kids.
What are your overheads?”
But after a bit of digging around, I have found some good options which happen to be both stylish and fair trade – score!