No, only a few centuries and a few 100K. But what's funnier is that the large majority of readers seem to feel this is a sour grapes thread. When it's not about my feet or my adventures with boots. That's the lead-in story. My point is questioning how and why we have come to accept current boots as a good marriage of fit and function. I think we've bought into a marketing narrative about how boots are supposed to fit, and do their work. Most think otherwise...
I find this "molds are hideously expensive" argument ridiculous.
Consider for example this company I found by a quick google search...
"Rapid Injection Molding allows us to make prototype injection molded parts in a production thermoplastic resin in 2-5 weeks. These parts may be used for full functional and fit testing as well as test marketing. Bridge or production tooling - molds can run 1000's of parts"
The real problem is that stocking and distributing a lot of sizes and widths is just too much trouble.
^^^^ This. IMO folks who think we are straining the technological envelope here just don't understand late capitalism. This isn't about new tech being too complicated or expensive, it's about people being happy to pay for what's out there already, and retailers being understandably wary of cool new designs that no one might try. Supply and demand in the age of advertising and conditioned consumers.
Edited by beyond - 10/17/11 at 6:34am