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 Takyla (Tiki) Robinson on June 19, 2012 at 8:07pm
They could do without the chain.
Comment by Knight on June 19, 2012 at 7:45pm
men who the f*** was gonna wear that s*** anyway...
Comment by LadyTruth®™ on June 19, 2012 at 7:40pm
1st off I dont think it depicts anything regarding slaves ...it more less depicts all or any one in prison or jail...police abuse... false imprisonment etc ...of course people are going to turn it into what they want it to be ...because everyone has a different perception of all things seen
Comment by LadyTruth®™ on June 19, 2012 at 7:38pm
I think they will recreate completely and if it were my design i would do the shoe lace holes as hand cuffs and instead of having the whole cuff attached to the shoe make it at the top and conjoined to the shoe. I personally think they are ugly as hell...w/ the cuff thing added the shoe design is ok...I think they went w/ Purple to target Justin Bieber & his fans...also it could make a statement like "Cuffed To My Shoe" b/c so many people are cuffed to their shoes we all like nice kicks you know that saying in the club 'Step on my Kicks, Ima step on ya face" and personally I dont think its racial but of course insecure people will turn anything into something racial it's ridiculous! Brush it off people stop making things that have nothing to do with race ...racial issues..
Comment by AFGun KinG on June 19, 2012 at 7:34pm
those are some ugly shoes still. that shackle s*** makes it look like some lil kid s***.
Comment by Kanabliss Tha Supaspliff on June 19, 2012 at 7:29pm
Now its gonna be even more wanted since its gonna go underground..watch for it on Ebay

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