A Slave To Fashion: Adidas Cancels the "Shackle Shoe"

Due to a widespread of comments on social media that claimed they symbolized enslavement, last night Adidas finalized the cancellation of the JS Roundhouse Mid, a high top purple sneaker with orange shackle-like ankle cuffs ma...
Jeremy Scott.

Although the market release for the notorious shoe was scheduled for August, Adidas prematurely debuted the shoe about 5 days ago on
Facebook alongside this rhetorical question: "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?"

Hours later, after getting over a thousand comments with negative feedback including a blog post by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the shoe company pulled the design.

Still, according to Associate Press, Adidas defended Scott, who has the reputation for getting his inspiration from cartoon characters, by saying his actions weren't malicious but rather another attempt to be outrageous and different.

Adidas and Scott explained the sneaker was homage to the classic high-top sneaker with a strap across the middle and, even further, reminiscent of My Pet Monster, a plush doll created by American Greetings in 1986.

So was this an image of slavery and racism or just poor taste in fashion?

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Comment by SPIN GANG on June 20, 2012 at 2:55am
People that saying they don't see them being racist is the same dudes that's afraid to speak up in their neighborhood about the drugs, killings and violence. one n**** even said it's not racist since they do wear shackles in jail. ?????? DAMN FOOL YOU A SLAVE IN JAIL! WAKE THE F*** UP!
Comment by SPIN GANG on June 20, 2012 at 2:52am
@HD how the f*** do we have to learn to get over it? How about the ones that are racist learn to stop it? You that n**** that was in the field telling on folks and saying "we sick sir, we mad at dem sir, we, we we," . They were straight racist just like when Nike disrespected the symbol of ALLAH in arabic when they put it on the back of a Nike shoe and claim it wasn't that. P.S. them b****** were not dope as you say.
Comment by HD on June 20, 2012 at 2:31am
i think they dope, now most things are racist even tho am sure most of 'em ar not the intention. this racism thing is kinda gettin to far tho, we shuld learn to get over it.
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on June 20, 2012 at 12:50am
dat negga A.R.D. so short, he had them shets on his feet and put tha shackles on his wrists!!
Comment by SpadE on June 20, 2012 at 12:49am
put them ugly a** Adidas back in the closet lmao
Comment by SpadE on June 20, 2012 at 12:47am
the new slave Adidas look out for dumb young n***** wearing them oh yeah don't let the young n***** see lil wayne or somebody wearing em then it's over a rap but not me jordan 7's all day
Comment by Ace *Major Pain* on June 19, 2012 at 10:41pm
Not a bad shoe but the chain make them look wack. And i dont find it racist at all n***** are just reaching too hard
Comment by Bad Habits on June 19, 2012 at 9:47pm
I'd rock em shackled up f*** it there just as sick as those air yeezys LOL funny idea tho good try
Comment by Nik ***CRAZY*WORLD*** on June 19, 2012 at 9:17pm
those are wack but i wouldnt call them racist seeing as n***** in jail wear shackles all the time
Comment by Flyer on June 19, 2012 at 9:06pm
Bruh need to retire lmfaoo the adidas was enough fam and he still amking money off them s****. N**** was twisted when he made these s****.

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