Several months ago, I did a search on “shoes made in USA”. Here is what I found:
Some sneakers for men and women by New Balance
And these industrial shoes made in Wisconsin.
With a few exceptions (some New Balance and some Converse), most sneakers are made in China. It doesn’t matter that the Chinese person making those sneakers gets paid about $8.00/day, we will still have to pay a bundle to purchase those sneakers. The same goes for shoes. My favorite shoes are Merrells because they feel good on my feet and I like their styles. I recently purchased some new shoes. When I read the label inside, my Merrells were “Made in China”. 😦
I said all that to make this point. If I had the money, I would start a shoe factory in the USA. The building would be eco-friendly and whenever possible, the shoes would be made from renewable sources such as bamboo and hemp and the soles would be made from recycled rubber. Some shoes would need to be made with waterproof materials. The most important feature of the shoes would be this… the shoes would feel good on a person feet.
The shoe factory would not become a Wall Street corporation and the owner would be limited to 5 times the salary of the lowest paid employee and every employee would be paid a fair, living wage which is greater than the minimum wage. There would be profit sharing for the employees where a percentage of the profit gets re-invested in the shoe factory and the employee then becomes a partial owner.
I would like to see MORE shoes made in the USA. At the prices we pay for shoes that are made in China, it wouldn’t cost any more for shoes made in the USA.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the money. This is just a pipe dream.
And this is our Open Thread. If you had the money, what would you invest in? Speak Up!
Happy 5th Birthday to my dear grandson. Hugs and kisses.