I can’t decide if this is an appalling exploitation of Terry Fox’s memory, or an admirable show of corporate generosity from Adidas. With the support of the Terry Fox Foundation, they’re re-releasing the classic Orion shoe that Terry ran on in 1980. From the Globe and Mail:
About 6,500 pairs of the blue shoes with white stripes — and a map of Terry Fox’s route imprinted on the insole — go on sale today at Sport Chek stores. They will cost $100 a pair and are available only in men’s sizes. The sale is expected to raise $500,000 for cancer research.
At a news conference, Mr. Fox held one of his brother’s shoes, noting in a voice cracking with emotion that it “took a licking.”
Terry went through nine shoes on his good left leg without replacing the shoe on his artificial limb. It shows just how much abuse his left leg took.
On a related note, Douglas Coupland’s photo book Terry is wonderful. I’d highly recommend it.