There has been a heated debate surrounding a pair of Adidas trainer with a shackle-like ankle cuff. The ‘JS Roundhouse Mid’ was was made in collaboration with designer Jeremy Scott and has been criticised for resembling a symbol of slavery.
Adidas manufacturer has confirmed that they will not sell the shoe, saying in a statement that it ‘is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery’.
‘Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favourable and critical feedback,’ they continued. ‘We apologise if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.’
The shoe was supposed to be a reboot of a classic hi-top trainer with a strap across the middle. After contacting Jeremy Scott regarding the issue, the designer told Grazia ‘My work has always been inspired by cartoons, toys – my childhood’, with this particular design being inspired by a furry toy called My Pet Monster. ‘Previous collaborations between Scott and Adidas include shoes with Mickey Mouse and panda themes.
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