publication . Article . 1993

‘It's Gotta Be Da Shoes’: Domestic Manufacturing, International Subcontracting, and the Production of Athletic Footwear:

R Barff; J Austen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1993 Journal: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 25, pages 1,103-1,114 (issn: 0308-518X, eissn: 1472-3409, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
An apparent paradox exists in the geography of athletic footwear production. The industry is highly labor intensive; it is also locationally volatile. Although most production now takes place in Southeast Asia, the United States nevertheless still contains significant enclaves of athletic footwear production. Moreover, the cheapest shoes continue to be produced in the United States whereas more complex, expensive models tend to be manufactured in Asia. To understand this geography, we must move beyond the basic consideration of international labor-cost differentials. By means of two case studies, it is shown that domestic production involves very different labor...
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Market economy, Economics, Domestic production, Differential (mechanical device), Economy, Economic sector, Social science
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