Hey guys Im new to the site but I noticed the interesting dialogue going on. Let me take a moment to introduce a new idea that I have been researching on for years. Remember, these major brands contract international manufacturers to produce their products. But since that fiasco in the 2000's with the workers and contractors and wages dealing with Nike, a lot of their manufacturers servered their relationship with Nike and was paid off.
Well, they still have the technology, equipment, knowledge, and labor to produce Nike goods but here's the kick, they don't have to abide by the strict contractural agreement that Nike imposes. Also, there are no copyright infringement laws in China prohibiting them from manufacturing and selling there. It has created a small underground economy that has been flooded by the selling of fakes and knockoffs.
However, there are companies who have official branded products that are recognizably identical, they just aren't certified. As long as there is a reasonable release period of these shoes and the craftenship of these manufacturers stays consistent, no one here will ever know, nor will they care to know, and you just might come across a legit ethical business like Jay and Randy. It takes money to make money and the name of the game is pay as you play. Hope this helps out a little and stirs up some thoughts and ideas guys.