Its been decades since the U.S. shoe industry sent most its manufacturing work abroad. Missouri, once a major center for footwear production, has also seen that part of its economy mostly disappear. But a handful of shoe companies still call the St. Louis region home. One of them is Elan Polo International, a $300 million company whose corporate headquarters is tucked away in an Overland office park, where about 100 people design shoes and oversee global production and distribution.
Making shoes in the U.S.? An Overland company finds a way
According to Duke, the employee said that customers were complaining that the shoes were squeaking. Catherine Duke Catherine Duke with her daughter Emma. I explained that she had a disability and could not remove her shoes, and there were no other shoes she could wear because they were prescribed by her doctor, Duke told TODAY.com. And I told her that I would be leaving if my child wasn't welcome in her shoes. And she said, Oh we don't want to lose your business, but I left the restaurant crying. While little Emma didnt notice the fracas caused by her shoes, her older sister did: Duke said that Ana asked her, "Mommy, why are they being mean to our family?" Duke spoke to the store's management about the incident, and also spoke out in local media . She met with franchise officials a little over a week later, and says they gave her a formal apology and even offered to hold a fundraiser to help pay for Emmas medical bills.
Seriously? Nike shoes handed out by Drake are fetching up to $100,000 on eBay
Its unlikely the recipients became too attached to the shoes: On Monday, the black pair went up for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $300. The accompanying description says the shoes are from Drake himself at Drake night at the Raptors. So far the black pair have seen more than 150 bidders drive the price up to a startling $100,000 (U.S.). The white Nikes went up on eBay Tuesday with an opening bid of $200. By Wednesday morning, 90 bidders had pumped the price up to $99,000 (U.S.). And although the sellers of both pairs claim the shoes are still in new with box shape, there are no guarantees in life, or shoes once touched by Drake. The eBay regulations state clearly that it cant guarantee authenticity of items bought or sold on the website. The standard 70 s hairstyles disclaimer puts the entire responsibility of actually getting what youre paying for on the buyer and seller in each transaction.
Beautiful shoes, painful feet!
So have your feet measured each time you buy and keep your emotions in check. Be aware that your feet change as you age. They lose padding and they lengthen and spread. People over the age of 40 can gain a half a shoe size every 10 years. All the more reason to measure. Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports website.