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Plates of not meat

October 15, 2006

I need some trainers so I’ve been looking for a pair that haven’t been made in a sweatshop and don’t have some massive logo associated with corporate nastiness or some nauseating identity of sport, health or chav chic. The search is far more difficult than I anticipated. Look on-line for ‘ethical trainers’ and the like and you find a plethora of vile vegan shoes like these.


I’ve got nothing against vegan shoes. As a veggie myself it’s nice to avoid leather, but I don’t fancy going to work in boots fit only for lonely rubber fetishists and those with an obsessive fear of electrocution. No-where is there a mention of who made them or how much they were paid.

How are people ever going to be encouraged to wear sweatshop-free sport shoes when there is so little choice? Fortunately, there are a few which fit the bill. My favourites are these vejas from France, made in Brazil by workers on a fair wage (at least that’s what I think it says, my French is rusty). Sods law dictates that they don’t have an on-line shop or an outlet in the UK. These ones are just what I’m on about – recycled from charity shop clothes, used fireman’s trousers, military clothing etc. and interestingly styled.

not bad

I’m not a huge fan of the combat-look recycled rubber soles but I think I can look beyond that (I haven’t decided yet), unlike the £65 price which means I’m going to have to wait until next month to get a pair providing nothing turns up in the meantime.

Any information on other ethically smug shoes would be greatly appreciated. Here are a few other things I discovered;

These are nice but there aren’t any trainers and they carry a price tag which reflects not only the workers’ pay but also the designer label. Love these, but again no trainers. I think they’re made in Devon. These come close, but look like they’re for running rather than mooching about Camden.