adidas originals logo Adidas releases shackled sneakers
Last Thursday, the promotional team posted a photo of the kicks which are expected to land in August on its Facebook page. The problem that so many fans have taken up with the Jeremy Scott designed shoe is not its basic functionality, but rather its design: The shoe features a bright orange, shackle like element that many associate with slavery. Upon posting, Adidas received an influx of outraged responses from the Internet and fans everywhere. The number of comments and criticism got so bad that the brand removed its original offending post from its Facebook page. However, that doesn’t eradicate the issue that the shoe still exists.
Talk about unrepentant. What are your thoughts on the sneaks? Vote in our poll. Personally, I’m appalled that these shoes were even approved for production, let alone created by Scott. Shackles remain a symbol of oppression and brutality in a very painful chapter in our nation’s history. Not only that, but modern day slavery still exists worldwide, and it’s sad to think that shackles could even be considered as “stylish.”