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My exciting day: First, I went to the (locally owned) shoe store in the mall and spent $100 (!!!!) on a pair of -- pardon me for one moment while I go check the box -- Brooks Dyad 7 running shoes. (I should have thought to check whether Brooks was (more or less) "ethical"; I didn't; but apparently they are, at least in global supply chain terms. Ironically, Maine, of course, used to do an awful lot of shoe manufacturing.) Sigh....

Anyhow, I'm not going to be doing any running in these things -- I value my knees too much -- but even though the Dyad 7s were more expensive than the walking shoes, they also had much better arch support.

And then I had a nice little time pretending that I lived in a city by having a latte and working on the laptop in the Books-A-Million (replaced Borders, sigh, but seem to be a better-run business). Also too reading model railroading magazines, huzzah.

So now, fully conscious of Thoreau's dictum, "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," I may go ahead and buy a small gym bag to carry my shoes about in. Getting fully into the ritual of the thing. As long as the ground was clear up here, I could go to the gym in my boat shoes. But I wasn't going to stomp through the gym in my snow boots!

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Submitted by Aeryl on

I miss Borders :^(

I have to go to BAM now too, as its the only bookstore other than B&N near me. I continue to resist the ebook fetish.

Submitted by lambert on

But I think more from accumulated good will than anything else. They had a much more varied inventory (part of a slow general withdrawal of goods from the periphery, I think). However, the BAM inventory is not a disaster, and I am actually very happy that they have a fine inventory of exotic rail fan magazines! Also, I think their business practices are probably better -- lots of coupons, and so on. Whether the tide that reached Borders will reach BAM, we cannot yet say.

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Submitted by goldberry on

Seriously. You shouldn't be judging other people's running shoes for their ethical values. I wear Nikes. I wear Nikes because Adidas, Reeboks, New Balance and about half a dozen other running shoes gave me inflamed knees and shin splints. I have never had any issues with Nikes. Yes, it is a shame that the other shoe manufacturers can't make a pair of shoes that work for me. Yes, everyone should be able to have a little team of elves that work through the night on a personal, customized pair of shoes that have the right cushioning, pronation protection and will accommodate feet that are of unequal length. Yes, it would be nice if Nike didn't exploit people.
But it's either this or no running. So, I'm wearing my damn Nikes that I love that give me the best foot strike and least wear and tear on my legs for the money.
This is the problem with lefties and I consider myself among the tribe. We make people feel guilty about trivial stuff. We judge them and consider our morals and ethics to be superior.
I'm agin' it.

Submitted by lambert on

... when making choices, especially about consumer goods, or anything else involved in the global supply chain. I might well have gone ahead and bought Nikes, if my feet hurt with anything else; as it happened, they didn't. And if I wanted to judge anybody else for their choices, I'm fully capable of writing that explicitly.

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Submitted by goldberry on

Ahhh, but here's the thing. I HAVE gotten judgemental lectures about my running shoes from other left bloggers and suggestions to stop wearing them from shoe snobs who value THEIR ethics above MY knees.
I put the shoe fetish in the category of a religious belief. If you really, really believe that buying shoes from Nike is a sin, and some people do, then the fact that my joints are not ruined and that I refuse to run in intense pain is not important. It's like fundamentalist evangelicals expecting gay people to remain celebate for eternity. They think homosexuality is a choice but it's not any more than I can't wear any other running shoe.
Now, you might think you haven't done anything wrong because you didn't do it explicitly. But you have tipped your hat to the militant anti Nike crowd and indirectly condemned those of us who can't help it as sinners.
My take on the running shoe controversy is this: people should keep their eyes on the road and off other people's feet because you know nothing about a person until you've spent 2 miles in their running shoes.

Submitted by lambert on

... nobody should discuss global supply chain issues, ever. If all other things are equal, and I can buy ethically produced shoes, (a) why not do a little bit of good in the world and (b) why not share that ability with other. You make that point that other things are not equal, for you. Well, fine!

For example, using your approach, I couldn't discuss gardening at all because somebody else might feel "judged" because they don't grow any of their own food and rely completely on the global supply chain instead.

This is all obviously absurd. I don't really see why I should STFU on an entire topic area -- not even a lecture! -- because you allowed somebody else to lecture you.

Wouldn't it make more sense to take your issues on being lectured up with people who actually lecture you?

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Chi Running or similar programs to improve technique can really help save your knees and other parts if you're interested in running. It's all about form.