Category Archives: shoes

Comparative advantage ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!


When you want to justify something, it always helps to have a theory to fall back on.  In explaining the meteoric rise of the U.S.’s trade deficit with China, many commentators harken back to the theory of comparative advantage authored by the economist David … Continue reading

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Pitter patter of little feet II


Seattle is the second busiest port on the west coast after Los Angeles.  As you might imagine, lots of Chinese goods enter the U.S. through the Port of Seattle. Recently, one particular shipment of Chinese goods into Seattle was in … Continue reading

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Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…


I came across an article last week in Businessweek that discussed New Balance and the current effort underway by the Obama administration to conclude yet another free-trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with eight Pacific nations, including Vietnam.  Vietnam now ranks fourth among the world’s footwear … Continue reading

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Converse, you make me sad


At this time of the year, my mind naturally goes to basketball.  March Madness, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four.  This year is especially basketball crazy for me because the Western Washington University Vikings from Bellingham, Washington won the Division … Continue reading

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These boots are made for walking and working


This week’s “Three for the Week” are all boots made by members of our extended American family.  Men and women who are on their feet working everyday know the value of a good pair of work boots.  You can’t go … Continue reading

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Made in the USA by you!


Man, do I have a cool American made shoe for you!  But guess what?  It isn’t even made yet.  That’s because you get to make it.  Or more accurately, you get to design it and then the members of your … Continue reading

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Will someone please sell me a pair of American soccer shoes?


Soccer plays too much of a role in my life, I admit it.  When Fox started broadcasting their Premier League and Champions League games in HD in September, their arrival was welcomed in the Briggs household with the ardor that … Continue reading

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