Sunday, January 10, 2010

Converse shoes shanzhai’d and re-invented

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Original Article Source :Freaky Friday: Converse shoes shanzhai’d and then some:

Gotta love shanzhai innovation!

Marquis Mills Converse, who was previously a respected manager at a footwear manufacturing firm, opened the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908. The company's main turning point came in 1917 when the Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced. What he couldn’t have imagined then was that one day more than 80 years later his shoe designs would be so iconic that they would get the shanzai treatment.

Shanzhai : meaning cheap knockoff from China, imitating some popular brands without infringing copyrights and patents... 

Gotta respect the fact that the Shanzhai manufacturers are getting more innovative.

eg, Adidas is aptly named Abibas for Shanzhai sportswear.
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