Friday, August 24, 2012

National Urban League Urges Nike To Pull $315 Sneakers: How About Parents Just Say No?


nike 300x168 National Urban League Urges Nike To Pull $315 Sneakers: How About Parents Just Say No?
Could you ever imagine paying $315 for this?
The National Urban League is coming out today against the new LeBron X sneaker premiering this fall, saying Nike should pull the shoe because not all children will be able to afford them. “To release such an outrageously overpriced product while the nation is struggling to overcome an unemployment crisis is insensitive at best,” NUL president Marc Morial said, adding that the sneaker has “twisted priorities and confused values.”
He’s half right.
On one hand, let me say that I am in no way a supporter of Nike ever since they endorsed Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as a spokesperson. Vick committed horrendous and planned acts of violence against dogs and because of that I will never buy another Nike product again. I do agree with Morial that $315 for a pair of sneakers is ridiculous, but not just because we are struggling economically. Even if I were loaded, there is no way I would spend that much money on sneakers. Yes, they are supposed the come equipped with their own electronics in the shoes to gauge how far and long you walk or run, but is that necessary? What about a $10 pedometer and a watch?
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