Peeping the rapidly growing dissent, New Balance issued a statement clarifying their stance.
Per statement to Sole Collector (the folks who started the “controversy” in the first place):
“As the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States, New Balance has a unique perspective on trade and trade policy in that we want to make more shoes in the United States, not less,” the statement reads. “New Balance publicly supported the trade positions of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump prior to election day that focused on American manufacturing job creation and we continue to support them today.”
New Balance VP of Public Affairs Matt LeBretton who said the original statement to WSJ told Buzzfeed, “My statements aren’t political, this is policy related solely to TPP.”
New Balance is also separating itself from any racist, sexist things Trump and his supporters stand for too.
So, at the end of the day.
New Balance supports Trump’s policies on trade, but that’s about it. In the future, they may want to be careful how they let his name slide out their mouths.
If you want to go burning your shoes because of something you think you heard, feel free. If you want to do like Phife Dawg “avoid the narrow path,” go right ahead. Plus, Metro Boomin trusts New Balance, why can’t you?