Originally Posted by Meis
the obsession over "made in USA" gets a little ridiculous
Just because something is made in the USA does not by any means guarantee that its made well / of good quality and just because something is made in china/el salvador/wherever the fuck doesn't mean that its a piece of shit.
It certainly doesn't, as the many Gucci and Prada shoe customers should be able to attest. However, manufacturers are not going to places like El Salvador for their long traditions of hand-lasting and stitching, or when they want to use the finest materials to match the highest grade of workmanship. If L.L. Bean made their bluchers with the same quality of leather, stitching and lasting that they once did in America, I'd be happy to by them again, be they made in El Salvador or Antarctica. Since their current range of El Salvador made mocassins are not the same quality, I won't be buying these.
For those that never wore the old ones, they will probably consider them good value and feel good that they are wearing a heritage product.
Oh and by the way, having visited shoe factories in China and Vietnam (never been to El Salvador) having a bunch of 15 year old girls who are locked in and sometimes made to work 24 hour shifts, whatever your political inclinations, is not the best way to get well-made merch...