Need another reason to stay away from fraudulent footwear? According to a French trade association, the sales of fake goods like Nike sneakers help fund terrorist organizations.
A new report from Union des Fabricants makes a connection between fake Nike sneakers and the 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The report cites a February, 2015 article at Le Figaro that said those who carried out the attacks tended "towards selling fake brands, a lucrative and low-risk sector." It also references French magazine Le Point, which wrote in the same month that one of the attackers "was caught by customs at Roissy airport two years ago in an attempt to fraudulently import products: he was receiving fake Nike trainers from China by parcel post."
The report later points to the sale of over 100,000 fake Nike t-shirts at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, which it says funded terrorist actions.
Your friends at Sole Collector have done their best to rally against fake sneakers, even sawing some in half for the sake of your enjoyment.