ADIDAS: Scraps and Apologizes for Ankle-Cuff Shoe
If you like your Adidas with chains and ankle cuffs, you're out of luck. The shoemaker has canceled plans to release a new model that has plastic orange shackles attached to the back of the shoe.
The company first revealed the model, called "JS Roundhouse Mids," on June 14th in a post on their Facebook page that said, "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?"
But shortly after the post, the angry comments started flooding in, with many accusing the shoemaker of racism. In a post today (Tuesday) on the Huffington Post, Reverend Jesse Jackson said the shoes are "offensive, appalling and insensitive."
Adidas issued a statement apologizing "if people are offended by the design," adding that they are canceling the planned August release of the shoes. The company added, "The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery."