10/28/2008

Made in the USA = Jobs in the USA: Shoes


If you have been following our Patriot Pact Series you know just how I feel about supporting American workers. This weekend I spent some time with my parent's and other extended family. When the topic of the economy came up everyone talked about our money all going overseas and not staying here. When I said that I work very hard to try to buy only products make in the the USA, I was told over and over again how you just can't do it. Well, they are right. If you only shop at Wal-mart you can not do it, but if you are willing to try new stores and shop online there is a way.

These weekend conversations have inspired me to prove them wrong with a new series called: Made in the USA = Jobs in the USA.

I thought that I would start this new series out with one of my favorite things, Shoes.


New Balance- Most of their shoes are made in the USA, but check the label before buying.

Okabashi- These plastic shoes are very affordable and made for every day wear.

Red Wing Shoes- All of their shoes including work boots are made in the USA.

Soft Star-They make some adorable looking shoes for babies.

Wilson Boots- It's hard to believe that not all cowboy boots are made in the USA, but it's a sad truth. Wilson still makes their boots in the USA.

The next time you need a new pair of shoes try to buy these brands first to help keep jobs right here in America.

Do you know of any other companies that make their shoes right here in the great USA? If so, comment below and I will add them to my list.


I have not bought shoes for all of these sources, so I'm not giving my opinion on the quality of the products. I would suggest doing a search for reviews before buying any product sight unseen. If you work for any of these companies and would like for us to do a product review please feel free to contact us. I would love to review US made products and help consumers buy quality US made items.

12 comments:

retire-at-40 said...

Here in New Zealand, I always try to buy "Kiwi Made". Unfortunately for a country this small, that's not always possible.

"Think global, act local" is the good old saying.

Tricia said...

Munro American - Made in the US - fabulous quality!

Ashley @ Wide Open Wallet said...

Love it. What a great series. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I am definitely going to make an effort to be more conscious about this from now on.

Anonymous said...

Agreed on "Think global, act local" - especially in light of everything that is going on with the economy. I've been a big fan of Okabashi's since the 80s. I've never heard of red wing or soft star. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!

Mrs. (not) the Jet Set said...

Thanks Tricia for the lead! Munro American shoes look great. There website is http://www.munroshoes.com/.

I'm glad to hear that Okabashi shoes are nice. I have not tried their shoes yet, but I would love too!

Retire at 40, Kiwi Made sounds so fun. But you are both right, It is important to think global, act local.

Anonymous said...

i have a blog that lists companies that still manufacture products in the usa, send it to your friends. blog is here...

http://usamade.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Not all Red Wing shoes are Made in the USA. They do have some shoes that are made overseas. Most of New Balance are made overseas, but they still make some shoes in the USA. Here is a link to their USA made section.

http://www.nbwebexpress.com/information/madeinusa.asp

You need to be careful no matter who you purchase from, always check the label.

Mrs. (not) the Jet Set said...

Thanks for sharing your blog info! I did a ton of searching for lists like the one you have and never found your blog. I'm glad to see that other like yourself are trying to get more people on board with this concept.

I saw that we had some different companies listed both in this post and the next two upcoming posts. Feel free to add any of my finds to your lists as well.

Sin*Sister said...

Thanks for posting. Following are some other brands claiming to be made in the USA but not validated (haven't looked at their labels in person):

Callisto
Magdesians
Athena Alexander
Romika
Lia Bijou
Onex
Dezario
Tic-Tac-Toes

P. Drake said...

I can backup Anonymous' statements about Red Wing & New Balance. Both companies offer US-made shoes. But the bulk of their lines are Chinese. So check carefully before you purchase. The New Balance Express web site listed previously is the best place to start. I research their USA page to get the style numbers then look for the best price online. As far as Red Wing goes, I was in a Red Wing store last year in Roseville, Michigan and they had very few American-made styles.

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