light and washable flip flops with adjustable tops and soft soles, slightly sculpted to match the shape of a foot. Bought before checking where they are made - the catalogue had Euro sizes on it and a European flag.
Made in China PR
Among the least democratic regimes with least human rights by all accounts.
hrw.org/asia/china-and-tibet Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International is not allowed to have an office in China
Off the bottom of the scale at Human Rights Index 2019
2.18 out of 10 for democracy says Democracy_Index or "Authoritarian Regime"
1.39 units of CO2 per unit of electricity in 2018 (China country page)
China Social Security System link from SSA.gov and Wikipedia page.
5.2% Health expenditure
N/A Education expenditure
low costs allow shoe importers a higher margin to spend on brand PR and advertising, often for quite expensive shoes sold under the best known brands. Chinese goods have subsidised delivery costs from China to the UK, and there is no equivalent to US sanctions imposed over Hong Kong.
Terra Plana - sister company of Vivo Barefoot - argued that China was "arguably more democratic" than western countries and claimed it to be the only rational place to make shoes.
everything branded Made in China PR
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