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I know that Marks and Spencer no longer will source leather from India because of environmental concerns about their tanning industry.

As for the finished product the problem is that most people think a shoe is good if it looks good. If the Chinese baulk at the lasting process and finishing because it takes too much time up consumers won't realise they've got an inferior product until they've worn the shoes for a few years. A shoe that is not left on the last loses its shape in a handful of years.

Its one thing to have the machines and the expertise, its quite another to have the history, love and understanding of a craft.
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I have these Abington Farmer Boots by Timberland Made in China....Goodyear welt...Horween leather...Vibram sole..fully lined...leather coated insole.Very comfortable and they lasted 5 years of daily wear till the soles wore down but the rest of the boot never failed in any way  so good stuff can be Made in China.

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