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Adidas Shackle Shoes reminiscent of slavery?

Beer babe

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Adidas cancels shackle shoes after slavery controversy



June 19, 2012

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL

Adidas cancelled plans for a sneaker with a shackle-like ankle cuff Monday night after some critics said it too closely resembled a symbol of slavery.

The JS Roundhouse Mid, a high-top sneaker with an orange plastic cuff, was made in collaboration with fashion designer Jeremy Scott.

The sneaker “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. “Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favourable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”

The sneaker was supposed to be a reboot of a classic high-top sneaker with a strap across the middle. A preview was offered months ago and generated little chatter, but the company recently started promoting it on its Facebook page.

Scott is known as one of fashion’s more outrageous characters. Adidas said he is heralded for a style that is “quirky and lighthearted.”

The Roundhouse Mid was inspired by a furry toy called My Pet Monster. “My work has always been inspired by cartoons, toys & my childhood,” Scott said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.

Previous collaborations between Scott and Adidas include sneakers with Mickey Mouse and panda bear themes.


I don't know about slavery, i just think these shoes were a really dumb idea in general.
 

MoFo

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I met him once in Paris as he was exiting a cafe with a rasta clown. If you buy Jeremy Scott, you should know what you're getting into.







 

Beer babe

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I guess when i think of Adidas functional wear comes more to mind. Maybe he just needed to go with a different label and perhaps not purple (assuming this didn't help with the slavery thing).

That said, shackle shoes are still uggly.
 

MoFo

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Well, his Adidas line sells very well. Like shit sells out.
I CANNOT find this:

If anyone sees this, PLEASE let me know. Been looking for years.


What's the relationship to purple?
 

Beer babe

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That shirt looks like it has Keith Haring art on it.

I guess there's a sterotype that says black peeps like purple. I never really got that myself but apparently that line of thinking exists.
 

Liability

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I guess when i think of Adidas functional wear comes more to mind. Maybe he just needed to go with a different label and perhaps not purple (assuming this didn't help with the slavery thing).

That said, shackle shoes are still uggly.
Without the purple and the shackles his inspiration wouldn't have made sense.

Remember 'My little Monster'
 
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D1Willow

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Ever hear of the movie The Colour Purple? Spielberg? Whoopi Goldberg? Danny Glover? Oprah Winfrey? Quincy Jones? I kinda thought it was iconic.
 
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