Apparently, in shoe factories in China, it takes two hundred pairs of hands to make a running shoe. Cutters stamp sheets of fabric to form soles, stitchers then sew them together along with logos, shoelace eyelets etc, followed by sole workers who use an infrared oven to glue the soles and frame together. Assemblers will, of course, further assemble the various parts into a final product and finishers will do a quality check and pack. (“Factory Girls”, Leslie Chang, 2009)
So much labor and so many man-hours. A never-ending supply chain that envelops an entire country.
How many pairs of shoes does a construction worker go through in his work-life time? I wonder.