Adidas sparks outrage with ‘shackle’ sneakers

I have no opinion about the article listed below because I can’t stop laughing long enough to think anything about it.

JS Roundhouse Mids shoes feature orange plastic chains and lock around the ankle

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012, 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:11 PM

A new shoe unveiled by Adidas last week has kicked off a chain reaction, as sneaker fans around the world slammed the company for creating a racist design.

The shoes, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were featured in a June 14 post on the Adidas Originals Facebook page.

The purple and orange sneakers come with a set of plastic “shackles” that strap around the ankles.

“Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” the company asked in the Facebook post.

The post was “liked” by more than 36,000 people by Monday morning and had received more than 2,000 comments — but the reaction was mainly negative.

“These shoes are the WORST idea EVER! Really, we’re supposed to voluntarily buy shackles now?!” wrote one commenter.

“Who ever wears this is openly saying they are a slave,” said another.

A writer for IndieWire wondered if the shoes were “inspired by ‘slave-movie-fever’ ” and asked if the brand could really be “ignorant of what the design of these new kicks might suggest.”

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