It looks like the folks over at Adidas have come to their senses.
Last week Adidas caused quite a stir on the ‘net when it released a preview of its latest sneakers, the JS Roundhouse Mids. Designed by Jeremy Scott, the shoes featured two bright orange shackles that wearers would clip to their ankles.
While some folks dismissed the shoes as a joke, others called them racist, claiming Adidas was mocking black folks and our experience being enslaved in this country. Although I didn’t find the shoes racist, I did think they were quite fugly and totally missed the “quirky” mark Adidas claimed they were going for.
Despite releasing a statement yesterday disputing the racism claims, today the shoemaker decided to nix the shoe all together.
“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,” Adidas said in a statement. “We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”
There have been some horribly thought-out sneaker designs in the past, the Michael Jackson LA Gears come to mind, but creating shoes that remind folks of the bad old days of slavery or prison should have been a no-go from the beginning.