- Current Mood: curious
So what has changed? Well, most excitingly, Sabes is now just one size away from being able to wear men's KT's. It is a crying shame that while Dunlop make KT's for small children (see previous posts), those poor children are then forced to wear inferior shoes for ten years in between. I might also like to add here that the awesome KT's on ChaCha below were stolen, presumed lost or destroyed, by the Evil One. Very disappointing...
While we are speaking about disappointing things, I was dismayed to see the pasting that Sue Morphet (Pacific Brands CEO) has been copping. I put forward the current cost of KT-26s as the best demonstration of the value of globalisation. No lazy Australian fool could pump a pair of those puppies out for $29.97... But some smart Australian dude recognised their value and put them into production. The moral? Stick to what you're good at people.
- Current Mood: thoughtful
I was extremely disappointed with Kmart's selection of thongs, particularly for the girls. Don't girls wear thongs anymore? I don't mean those "trendy" single-plugger Havianas junk. I'm talking about quality footwear... Double dragons, dragon straps, the original double pluggers. I've got kids, I need something that's gonna last.... (how's the segue?)...
Just when I was about to give up, I came across KT26s for kids... Here is ChaCha modeling her new paid of KTs...
All class... the girl and the shoes! The tread pattern isn't the same as big boys KT26's, which does hold them back a little. ChaCha slipped over 4 times in a row (wet floor) running to get in the climbing castle at the party we were on the way to here. She obviously learns quickly, just like her old man. I'm sure she wouldn't have slipped at all if the tread pattern was the conventional pattern. Solid as a mountain goat!
The only setback was the cost. The cost a little over $24 for the pair. Given you can get a full-sized pair for $29.82 (last I checked), I thought this a little steep. Perhaps the KT26 styling is finally getting recognised and they are going to start selling for a premium to the cost of the inputs?
Either way, I think this is a great development. Just like Commonwealth Bank's Dollarmite campaign, anything which gets children into positive life-long habits is to be applauded.
Now Dunlop, all you need to do now is to release shoes for the in-the-middle ages. Sabes is dying to strap on the KT26s, but I guess he'll just have to wait for the time being.
I have previously mentioned that Papua New Guineans, the style slaves they are, are big fans of KT26s. Most people in PNG don't wear shoes at all. Their feet are tougher than leather. They walk on the road in the middle of the day with no shoes all the time. I tested it out to see if the road surface was some sort of special heat dissipater, but I can assure you it wasn't. That road was hot enough to melt tyres!
So when Papua New Guineans put shoes on, they are very selective. They don't NEED to wear shoes, they don't even HAVE to wear shoes. So when they do wear shoes, they're looking for a mix of style and quality. I found it very disturbing to come across the shoes in the picture. Fake KT's! I couldn't believe it. And to add insult to injury, they actually retail for more than a pair of KT's here in Australia. Where is the WTO? Forget piracy in China, this is a much bigger issue. These poor people might get the style for their money, but they're not going to get the quality build inherent in every pair of Dunlop KT26s. Bloody Vita.
- Current Location:Bovo River, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, PNG.
As far as I could see, I was the only one wearing KT26's. I wonder if the run course was off-road whether there would be more people in them. I really don't know why more people don't embrace the KT26 phenomenon. I saw plenty of Asics Gel Noosa Tri racing flats out there. Quite possibly the most ridiculous looking shoes ever to hit the production line. So it certainly isn't because of looks.
I wonder if more KT26's would be sold if their price was $180 rather than the $29.74 you can pick them up at BigW for. That would be an interesting exercise. Maybe they could release a fluro model? Seems to work for Asics.
Note to self: Better start training.