I'm pissed, but I desperately need a new pair of sneakers and I don't think I'm going to be able to stick to my guns and not buy Chinese-made sweatshop crap.
Union-made shoe shops seem to be limited to a very small group of factories. Many of those don't make sneakers. Many of the ones that do seem to be online "vegan" shoe companies that make Hemp shoes with granola-based adhesives or somesuchshit.
The problem is, my shoes are literally starting to fall off of my feet. The other problem, frankly, is that a lot of the "vegan" sneakers are just plain ugly. So, I find myself wrestling with a question of vanity over a question of conscience.
And yet ... There are so many other things that I'm quickly losing the Globalization battle on. Computer hardware? I don't have a choice. I have to buy stuff from China. Car parts? I have to get the ones that fit my car, so again I don't have a choice.
Are shoes just another one of those things that I give up the fight on? Or do I cling to the notion that I actually do have other options, albeit extremely inconvenient and ugly options.
Shoes are with you every day and I really just want something comfortable. That's my other problem with online shoes. Who the hell knows if they'll even fit? And if they fit, do they even feel comfortable to wear?
This sucks. I feel like I'm trying to justify to myself and the world throwing in the towel and buying a pair of Vans. Especially when I see that Vans are offering a custom shoe offer and I start wondering if I should get my own custom-made Vans.
But, then I realize that I'd be ordering shoes off of the internet and that I should just buy socially-responsible shoes if I'm going to do that.
Am I over-thinking this whole thing?