I’m not one to shop ethically. I just don’t believe it’s possible to be haughty about what one company donates to, and not another. It’s too hard to trace the trails of associations to be certain that the socks I bought my kids are made/sold by ethical companies who I can proudly stand behind.
The short of it? I’m lazy.
The one exception is Chik-fil-a…BUT…that has WAY more to do with an emotional connotation than donations from the CEO. It’s because; within the LGBT community I’m associated with, Chik-fil-A is seen as evil. And me shopping there? Might upset someone I love. So, it’s not as much a boycott as it is avoiding negative interpretation should someone I love/care about within the Gay community see me spending my money there.
(But LORD GOD, I miss their sandwiches.)
Well…it seems I’m making another consumer ethics decision. I’m quitting Nike.
(That’s the part of me I hadn’t told yet screaming in agony.)
I love Nike. I’ve been wearing Pegasus for over a year and have never had even ONE complaint. Their dry-fit short-sleeve tops are my staples and have the perfect length sleeves. Their compression shorts/tights/capris are the only bottoms I wear outside my Lululemon Pace Setter skirt. 9 times out of 10 I’m wearing head-to-toe Nike.
And this has always bugged Donnie. Because of Michael Vick, and how Nike still sponsors him.
Now – Donnie isn’t on a platform anti-Nike. He’s not going to turn down free Nike stuff, he just doesn’t like spending his money on Nike. And obviously – my money is his money. He understands how hard it is to find gear/shoes you like, so he doesn’t complain too much. But every time I’m due for new shoes he casually mentions it’s too bad I won’t try anything else.
So, I’m due for more shoes. He mentions it again. And I remembered – Wait. They separated from Lance Armstrong and still sponsor Vick? And suddenly I just had a bad taste in my mouth. It’s not that I think you can compare the two athletes and their infractions, but I really HATE that Lance Armstrong is going to be remembered so much for the doping and not for the good he’s done in the world of cancer research. And I’m not sure if I have any positive connotations with Michael Vick…just negative.
And I thought…SHIT…now suddenly I don’t want Nike stuff.
Running shoes are tricky. Even if you go out and wear them all day, until you get 5+ miles in on many occasions, you really don’t know how running shoes are going to work for you. So, I did some research, tried on some shoes, and decided that – more often than not – people who loved the Nike Pegasus liked the Brooks PureFlow. So…that’s what I got.
It helped that they were a pretty awesome color.
I’ll run in them tonight and I REALLY HOPE they’re as awesome as they look. I hate wasting money by having to replace shoes that don’t work. I’ve had to do it with trail shoes and I really don’t want to do it with these. Especially because they’re PURPLE.
Because – let’s face it – screw how they FEEL. If they’re pretty? That’s total bonus points.