Fair Trade Shoes

How To Select Fair Trade Running Shoes

How To Select Fair Trade Running Shoes

Although most fair trade running shoes would seem generic from the inside, they are not. Modern technology and extensive research have allowed many features to provide a design to suit every individual needs. Not only can they affect your running speed, but they can also affect your feet health. Badly designed running shoes and general shoes can cause injuries of the knees, legs and feet. Choosing the appropriate fair trade running shoe brands can greatly affect your running performance, but it can be confusing when you need to choose from a wide range of running shoes that all seems very good. However, if you would invest your time and effort to choose the right kind of fair trade running shoes, you can find the best one that will help you in your running goals.

Fair Trade Products

The first thing you have to do is to find a store that sells top quality and guaranteed fair trade running shoes. You can find fair trade athletic shoes in a local store near you and can always ask a sales clerk for advice. However, you should be very well-acquainted with your body so you yourself can pick the running shoes that you think would suit your running needs. Sales clerk are there to guide you, not to tell you what to buy. If you find it difficult, you can ask your friends who also run, a good recommendation from a friend is always worthwhile. You can also check the latest designs from magazines or ask for a free catalog from manufacturers and also look for a Fair Trade Online Store. Just do some research beforehand to be sure.

Visit different shoe stores. Check the different models and prices so you can also make a good bargain. It is always good to ask the store clerk or store manager for their recommendations. You can raise your problems with your old fair trade running shoes, and they are most willing to help.

If you think you found your choice, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from the store if you can try it. Most stores have an area where you can take a run or at least a jog. You can try on as many shoes as you like until you find the best one. Try each pair of running shoes for at least 10-15 minutes. This will let you know of the durability of the shoes. You should take note that when picking fair trade running shoes, it is not the design or the price that counts, it’s your comfort.

Check you current shoes for signs of wear

Also, check the soles of your old shoes. This will give you an idea which kind of running shoes you should find. If you have noticed a torn spot, that is the part where your feet carries most of the weight. Place your shoes on a flat surface. If they slant towards the front, you should find running shoes that need more strength than your old fair trade running shoes. If they slant to the sides, you should find running shoes that have high shock absorption.

If you have noticed that there are torn spots in the shoe area where you place your toes, and when you use the shoes in running you feel discomfort, find fair trade shoes with a wider interior.

Fair Trade Running Shoes are an investment for your feet

You should also consider the intensity of your running routine. If you are a professional runner or marathon athlete, you should pick high-standard and quality fairtrade running shoes. On the other hand, if you are running for leisure, that is you run at least twice a week, you can choose a basic design, but with the available comforts to suit your needs and avoid injuries. Be sure to break in your Fair Trade running shoes to ensure you don’t get blisters. The higher your running intensity regimen is, the higher you should invest in a good quality pair of fair trade running shoes.


Fair Trade Running Shoes For A Marathon

Jambu Men's Roadrunner ShoePrice:$62.62 - $85.32

Jambu Men’s Roadrunner Shoe
Price: $62.62 – $85.32

If you are training for a marathon, then it’s a high possibility that you know that you should not run in old, torn fair trade running shoes. During your marathon training, you should get new shoes when you have exhausted the limit of the typical fair trade running shoes, which is about 400 to 500 miles.

When to purchase Fair Trade Shoes

During the day of the marathon, it is obviously not a great idea to run with torn fair trade running shoes, but freshly purchased running shoes are not also better. You should use fairtrade running shoes that are just slightly used, for about 50-60 miles, so that they still have the appropriate padding and fit. Thus, you can purchase running shoes about two to three weeks before the marathon and run several miles for you to be acquainted with them. If the training is fine, you can get another pair, exact design and size of your current running shoes. There’s not enough reason to try other fair trade running shoes when the marathon day is just days away. Like in automobiles, you should have a breaking in period.

Using your fair trade athletic shoes before the actual marathon will just compress your shoes. Instead, wear a different pair of fair trade sneakers or flip flops or casual shoes when you are walking around before the marathon day.

3 Factors when buying Fair Trade Shoes

Maybe you are bombarded with different advertisements claiming that each kind of shoe is the best for marathons, such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Brooks etc. However, there is no best brand for everyone, since people have different type of feet. Generally, there are three factors to consider when you are purchasing fair trade shoes for a marathon.

  • The first factor includes what foot type you have
    (high arch, flat, neutral/normal)
  • The second one is the athlete’s strike
    (heel striker, mid-foot striker, forefoot striker)
  • Lastly, the stride rhythm
    (pronator, supinator or normal)

However, we will discuss the common consideration in selecting running shoes for a marathon.

Tips when buying Fair Trade Shoes

1. Buy running shoes from shoe stores specializing in fair trade running shoes or from a professional well-trained on determining the right kind of running shoes based on your foot type and stride pattern.

2. Try out shoes later in the day when your feet have swollen to its maximum capacity.

3. In determining the appropriate size of your shoe you need, make sure that there is about at least .5 inch of room between the front of the shoe and your longest toe.

4. On the day of your purchase, carry your socks you will use for the marathon. It is recommended to wear synthetic socks since cotton socks traps dampness.

5. Consider the need to buy fairtrade running shoes depending on the miles you have done your run using your old pair. Never base your decision to buy a new pair by spotting how much stumps are left on the exterior sole. The middle sole of most fairtrade running shoes deteriorates at 400-500 miles, or lesser on certain factors and deals minimal or zero protection after the maximum mileage. It is essential to remember that fairtrade running shoes offer the premium line of protection against future injuries during the marathon.

6. Buy new fair trade running shoes that you will use on the day of the marathon at least two to three weeks before the actual marathon. These fairtrade running shoes should be the exact design that you find you are comfortable with during your marathon training. The key idea here is to have enough time to compress the new fair trade running shoes, by running 50-60 miles involving one marathon-like run before the marathon day.


How To Choose Fair Trade Running Shoes

Fair Trade Running Shoes

Fair Trade Running Shoes

A pair of good fair trade running shoes is very important for your health and comfort. It may not seem to provide a good connection, but if you really want a healthy lifestyle, running as an exercise is the simplest yet most effective way to achieve this, and a good pair of running shoes will go a long way.

As every person is unique, every pair of feet is different. Thus, the first step in choosing quality fair trade sneakers and running shoes is to find out what you want from your running shoes. You need to ascertain your level of pronation. In human anatomy, pronation is the rotational ability of the foot that causes the sole to face more across than when you are in standing position.

If you have the tendency to pronate too much, your feet can turn abnormally resulting to flat arches. When you have high pronation, you can notice that the soles of your shoes have more torn area on the interior side. If you are less likely to pronate, your feet leans toward the exterior, resulting to high arches and the soles of your shoes have more torn area both on the interior and exterior of the shoes.

Fair trade shoes and types of feet

When you have ascertained the specific aspects of your feet, you will have the general idea on what features to look for in your new fair trade running shoes. Three main characteristics to verify are the thickness of the padding, the durability and the level of action control. If you have a high arch, then you are over-pronating, you should pick fair trade running shoes with more padding. If you have a medium arch, you should look for running shoes that are extra durable. If you have flat arches, then you should look for running shoes with good action control. If you have normal arches, you should pick running shoes with extra padding and durability. You can check the guides from different manufacturers so that you can have more idea on examining potential running shoes that suit your needs.

How to pick your Fair Trade Running Shoes

Do not pick shoes that are too tight or too spacious. It should have enough space to let your feet relax, in a sense, allow it to breathe. There should be a thumb’s-width of enough space between the end of your toe and the end of the shoe. There should also be enough space in the toe area to move your toes. Purchase good socks and make sure that you wear them when you try the shoes during a visit to the store. You can walk around the store to test the durability and comfort of the shoes. if you need assistance to check your appropriate shoe size or the correct fit, visit a shoe store with trained sales clerks that can help you through your shoe hunt. Some stores that sell fair trade running shoes are specializing in foot orthotics to help you in finding the right feet with the maximum features. However, you should follow your own decision. Shoe stores are still in the business industry and they would always try to convince you to buy their most expensive shoes. Do not buy them if you are not sure, and ask for fair trade running shoes that are less expensive, but have also the right features.

Buy Two Pairs of Fair Trade Shoes

If you have a very high intensity running regimen, you should invest well in your running shoes. For example, if you are a professional marathon athlete, you should consider buying two pairs of fair trade running shoes to alternate their usage.


Pupore Shoes – Fair Trade Shoe Co-operative

Pupore Shoes - Fair Trade Shoe Co-operative

Pupore Shoes – Fair Trade Shoe Co-operative

Pupore is a worker owned fair trade shoe co-operative in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They manufacture fair trade shoes and are famous for their Alpargatas (funky slip-on shoes).

Headed up by Reyes Guerrero, the worker owned co-op are supported by brands such as Etiko which carry the fair trade label and certification. When you purchase these fair trade shoes through Etiko, you are directly supporting the efforts of Reyes and his team.

I’ve previously mentioned these shoes here: Stylish ‘Argentinean’ Fair Trade Shoes by Etiko.

Fair Trade Shoes for Kids by LolaMola

I just have to tell you about these adorable fair trade shoes by LolaMola! They are so incredibly gorgeous that I’m thinking of purchasing a pair just to sit on my shelf! Proving traditional sewing skills are at home in our modern world, the impossibly sweet creations are the handiwork of Colombian artisans, and based on the centuries old technique of mola textile which involves reverse applique and fine stitching.

LoloMola’s Fair Trade Shoes for Kids

I’m not 100% sure if these are certified fair trade shoes (I’ve asked and will update you if I hear from them).

Each Pair of Fair Trade Shoes is Unique

I love the fact that every single pair is unique. There isn’t a pattern or a programmed machine creating these fair trade shoes. I haven’t really searched for fair trade shoes for kids, but I’d love to hear from you if you know of other great (and cute) examples of children’s fair trade shoes.

Fair Trade Shoes London

Fair Trade Shoes London

I’ve been trying to educate myself on the different ranges of fair trade shoes from around the world to get a feel for both the ethical stances and the design trends. I came across these guys from London who had a significant sale on for products such as this one…

Fair Trade Shoes London

Terra Plana Janis Fair Trade Boot
Sale Price: £95.00
Was: £180.00

Fair Trade Shoes by Equa Clothing

The Boot is in light brown vegetable tanned leather featuring a panel of recycled quilting at the back. Low heeled, with a sole made from recycled rubber and inner soles which utilise recycled memory foam for extra comfort. Apparently the recycled fabric is unique for every pair, making each pair of shoes individual with it’s own unique individual pattern. If you want to know more about the specific colour and print available in your size please email the company at info@equaclothing.com

If you’re from London, I’d love to hear your experiences with Equa Clothing and do you like their Fair Trade Soes?


How To Clean Fair Trade Running Shoes

J-41 Women's Running shoes

J-41 Women’s Running shoes

A pair of fair trade running shoes should be treated as sport equipment rather than an ordinary walking shoes or an apparel of fashion. And there are many good and practical reasons as to why you should keep your running shoes clean. If you are not certain on how to clean your running shoes without causing damage, here are a few tips to help you out.

Most runners may not consider it, but there are several reasons to always keep fair trade running shoes clean. Depending on how much your shoes gets dirty, you should pick the correct cleaning method.

Cleaning Fair Trade Running Shoes

You should also consider that your fair trade running shoes have a specific life expectancy, and if you pick too strong a cleaning method, your shoe would not last any longer. Conversely, keeping your running shoes smudged with dirt can contribute to the development of wear, tear and smell.

To prevent moisture, you can also spray your running shoes with a water-proof sprayer to allow a protective sheath. If your safeguard your shoes beforehand they are easier to clean. Once protected, smudges and mud will not set in easily.

Spray your fair trade running shoes with a water-proofer to provide a protective coating. Smelly running shoes are a common consequence of mouldy fungi and bacterial growth living between your toes, caused by the sweat and dirt particles in your shoes. These dirt particles thrive in moist and warm environment and thus during summer is normally perfect for smelly feet. Smelly feet is a common harm to your shoes, but you can greatly decrease the risks by letting it breathe your shoes and letting them dry after you use them, or using particular anti-fungal powders or foot sprays.

However, the remains of these fungi and bacteria will just keep on growing on your shoes. The best way to avoid this bacterial growth, and eventually smelly feet is washing you fair trade running shoes periodically. Do not use a washing machine use your hands and a scrubbing brush instead to scrub off both the exterior and interior of the fair trade running shoes. You can flush out the dirt, including the bacteria from the smallest pores of the shoes to the padding and mesh.

Sometimes, it is inevitable to step into damp dirt, mud, or maybe you have ran across a muddy road under construction that is just being repaired and does not have asphalt yet.

However, if the mud gets inside the shoe, or in the mesh, it will get dirty and can cause a smell. Mud does not usually break in the shoe fabric. If it does, then it will never seep down the shoe mesh. The easiest method to clean your fair trade running shoes is to dry out the mud and then brush them off. If there are still smudges left, and the shoe looks dirty, then wash them using your hands, an old toothbrush or a scrub, and a mild detergent.

Some lumps of mud can contain sands or even small pebbles that can damage your washing machine. If your running shoes already have a yellowish lattice and you cannot whiten them, you can use a mild bleach or detergent on the lattice. This should get your shoes as white as possible. http://www.asics.co.uk/sports/running/recovery/how-to-clean-running-shoes-3-tips-for-keeping-your-shoes-tidy

Do you have any other tips to clean your fair trade running shoes?


How To Break In Fair Trade Running Shoes

How To Break In Fair Trade Running Shoes

Jambu Men's Running Shoes

Jambu Men’s Running Shoes

Fair Trade running shoes are the most essential gear for any amateur or professional runner. Taking the correct care in choosing and breaking in a new pair of running shoes can spell the difference between an easy run and a difficult one which will result to feet full of blisters and pain.

Begin breaking in Fair Trade Running Shoes

Begin breaking in your running shoes before your purchase them, yep, you heard right. The time of the day you shop around for fair trade running shoes is also essential in determining the appropriate pair of shoes. You can visit the shops during the later part of the day when your feet are swollen in its maximum capacity. Try the pair you like and at least walk around the shop for 30-45 minutes to determine if they are best for you. You should also wear the socks you normally wear when you run.

What to look for when choosing Running Shoes

Choose your running shoes with about half an inch of space between your biggest toe and the front of the shoe. You can ensure this by purchasing a pair of running shoes with at least a ½ size allowance size larger than your normal shoes.

If you are a frequent runner, you should invest in at least 2 to 3 pairs of fairtrade running shoes to avoid future injuries. You can rotate the use of two pairs each day to help expand the life expectancy of each pair and avoid uneven wear and tear.

Break in your running shoes by running at least 50-60 miles. You can plan on running at least one long run with your new pair as part of the process added to some shorter runs to break in your new shoes. This will also allow your feet to adjust to the shoes, lessening the chance of forming skin blisters.

Break in your running shoes you intended to wear for a marathon or other running event at least two to three weeks before the big occasion. Particularly in the case of long runs, it is important to buy a new pair of running shoes for that event and that they are well broken in.

Fair Trade Shoes Store

Buy running shoes from shoe stores that specially dealing with many fair trade shoe brands and are experienced in the needs of athletes. Most of these stores can provide you with an allowance time for a run test using a treadmill before you buy them. When running, you should observe areas of slackness in the shoes just above the heel and take note that the toe room at the front of the foot should have enough space and should not cramp your feet, which means you should be able to wiggle your toes while wearing the shoes with socks on.

Some fairtrade running shoes are very particular in their wearing over time. Unlike normal shoes that are torn from the inside out, decreasing padding and energy return, some fair trade running shoes are designed to fall from the outside in.

Most shoes are designed for and perform best on rocky surfaces, and they can be used on trodden pathways, trails and even mountain climbing. Thus, if you are running in a hard terrain, you should consult the sales clerk for a pair of fair trade running shoes designed for this specific surface. However, if your will be running in smooth surfaces, there is no need to pay extra added features which you will not use frequently.

If you are a mid-foot runner, that is you strike in the midsole, you should look forward to the same amount of running miles out of your fair trade running shoes as your current shoes.

Bad fitting Fair Trade Running Shoes

No specific amount of breaking in would transform the fit of badly fitting fair trade running shoes. Do your homework and some research, before purchasing any fair trade running shoes to figure out what kind of foot type you have and which producers design specific running shoes that fits your needs.


How To Determine Your Foot Type For Fair Trade Running Shoes

Jambu Men's Running Shoes

Jambu Men’s Running Shoes

To determine which kind of fair trade running shoes you should purchase, you should first need to figure out your foot type. A well-informed and well-trained sales clerk at a shoe store selling fair trade running shoes can guide you to determine the right type of fair trade running shoes based on your foot type, but you can also determine your own foot type, if you want to. One method is to closely observe your feet. A more specific way is to observe your footprints by walking over sand or on a flat surface with wet feet.

Generally, there are three different kinds of feet.

High-arched Feet

It is very easy to figure out if you have high arches; you will spot a high and prominent arch on your foot. If you have performed the footprint test, your footprint will have an inward curvature, making the middle section of your feet look very scrawny. When you thrust your hand underneath your foot, your arch will stay hard.
The problem with high arched feet is the tendency to under-pronate, this is when your feet turns outward as you walk or run. It’s very essential that athletes with high arches observe their feet from time to time since running can cause their arches to slowly deteriorate, making their feet look longer.

If you have high-arched feet, you need to purchase fair trade running shoes with extra flexibility and a comfortable midsole that is shockproof. When you are purchasing fair trade running shoes, find options with the words flexible or extra padding included in the shoe description

Flat Feet

If you observe your foot, you will determine that you are a flat-foot person if you don’t see any arch at all. The underneath of your foot, from the toes to the heels, is totally flat or even. If you perform the footprint test, the footprints will look like a foot smudge. You will not spot an inward curvature from your big toe to the heel. The problem with flat feet individuals is the tendency of their feet to overpronate, this is when your feet turn inwards when you walk or run.

If you are flat-footed, you should find fair trade running shoes that keep its firmness when you stand, walk or run. Find the features “action control” and durability” on the description of the fair trade running shoes you are eyeing. Furthermore, with the action control fair trade running shoes, most flat-footed athletes also need to use orthotics shoes, which are custom-made.

Normal Feet

If you have observed your feet or your footprints and they are not flat-footed or high arched, you probably have a normal foot. Your footprint will have a prominent curve inwards, but they are not that great compared to the high-arched foot.

Provided that you purchase fair trade running shoes, which do not offset your foot type, you will not meet any foot problems or injuries. The normal foot is the most common kind of foot, and it is minimally prone to injury as long as it is properly fitted with appropriate fair trade running shoes.

If you have normal feet, you can purchase from a wide range of fair trade running shoes, such as those which are made for normal-feet runners or those people with minimal flat-foot or high arch. Never purchase fair trade running shoes that have the extra durability and action control if your feet do not need them..

4 Big Reasons Why Fair Trade Shoes Wont Help You Fly

Men's Bowery Sneaker

Yup, fair trade shoes completely suck at helping you fly. But rather than just make such a huge unfounded claim about fair trade shoes, I thought I would present to you 4 big reasons why fair trade shoes won’t help you fly.

4 reasons why Fair Trade shoes won’t help you fly

The first reason fair trade shoes wont help you fly is because they are usually made by low skilled workers, who just simply haven’t had the required training and education required to make fair trade shoes a viable flying apparatus. Obviously there are countless charities, not for profit organizations and NGO’s really helping to fight this educational injustice, however till this problem is rectified you can count this as the first big reason why they are terrible for flying.

The Second Big Reason fair trade shoes will never be any good for flying is because they are usually made from the wrong materials for flying. I mean, lets look at it this way, what stuff do we know that flies well? Umm, how about feathers? How many fair trade shoes do you see have feathers on them? Yup, not many. Helium balloons fly well, or at least float well. Lets face it there hasn’t been the right engineering breakthroughs to allow fair trade shoes to be made with helium. Otherwise I thought maybe attaching jet engine. But jets are kinda “war-like” and nobody likes a war, not even fair trade wars for shoes.

The Third Reason Fair Trade shoes don’t do well for flying is because normal everyday (even ethical) rubber soles are no good for take offs and landing.

 Volley Canvas Sneakers

The last reason of course that fair trade shoes suck at helping you fly is because if you could fly just by wearing a pair of shoes they wouldn’t be fair, because it wouldn’t be fair on the airlines that would lose your business, and also if you were flying, then all of your friends would go and buy fair trade shoes as well. Christmas time and birthdays would become boring because every single gift would no longer be an iPad, they would be fair trade shoes because they would become the new coolest thing in the world to own.

So if its flying you’re after, make sure you don’t buy fair trade shoes or any other shoes for that matter, because shoes alone will not help you fly.



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