Thursday, June 19, 2008

Adidas v. Wal-Mart

Adidas is throwing mud at Wal-Mart and its crappy shoes:

At least two Wal-Mart athletic shoe models are built with substandard materials and fell apart during simulated running tests, Adidas claimed in court papers filed June 13 in federal court in Portland, Oregon.

... One Wal-Mart model was heavily damaged during a 120-mile (193 kilometer) simulated run, according to Teston's declaration. The other model didn't complete the test performed by Adidas because it fell apart after 97 miles, he said. Adidas's shoes are required to complete the same test without significant wear.
Whatever adds to the shame of Wal-Mart is fine by me, and I have no trouble believing their shoes are not made well, so huzzahs to Adidas.

That said, Adidas makes some great-looking shoes -- that's why Wal-Mart is ripping them off in the first place -- and I wish they would sell more models in varying widths. I don't even bother trying them on any more since every pair I've ever tried has been too narrow.

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