And no sooner did I write about the demise of North Carolina-made Converse All Star sneakers and their resurrection by the Nike marketing machine (Up Front, June 30) than a pair of pink All Star high tops appeared as the symbol of the new movie A Cinderella Story, and my daughter insisted I buy her a pair. I did (made in China), and the store manager at the mall assured me, upon questioning, that Nike had made sure they had plenty more and were not in danger of selling out.
It was later that I learned that Code Pink, an organization that calls itself "a women initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action" is selling its own pink high-top sneakers made at a union shop in Jakarta, Indonesia. It's being produced by the same company, NoSweat, as the black sneakers I wrote about. For more information, go to www.codepink4peace.org .