All the footwear sold in the stores of a Ukrainian retailer, Konfiscat Obuv, could be dangerous to the health of customers, said the Ukraine shoe industry association, Ukrkozhobuvprom, in a public statement, drawing public attention to a serious smuggling problem in the country.
According to the association, this company has been selling cheap counterfeit shoes imported from China, claiming that they had been seized by the State Customs Service on the border during smuggling attempts. In this way Konfiscat Obuv has been trying to convince customers that the price is low not because of the poor quality, but because of some other factors.
However, the association said the shoes had not been confiscated at customs, but they were just the cheapest shoes that were smuggled from China into the Ukraine.
In China, the price per pair of shoes with a similar quality level stands at around $1 per pair, compared with a range of between 69 hryvnias (€2.31-$2.58) and 400 hryvnias (€13.42-$15.01) in Konfiscat Obuv's stores, which is one of the cheapest offers on the local market.
Ukrkozhobuvprom is especially concerned about the presence of formaldehyde in the shoes offered for sale at Konfiscat Obuv. Formaldehyde vapors is the ticking time-bomb, as the person wearing poisoned shoes most likely would not notice any symptoms for a long period of time, but in the end these vapors may be a cause of cancer and some other diseases.