Adidas is primed to release a pair of trainers with bright orange “shackles” that fit around the wearer’s ankles.
The JS Roundhouse Mids, which are set to hit shelves in August, were debuted on the Adidas Originals Facebook page on June 14.
Several message boards and blogs have already likened the orange “bracelets” to the shackles worn by black slaves in 19th Century America and today’s prison restraints.
A sales strap for the shoes reads: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”
Over 2,000 Facebook comments have been left so far, with many calling the design “offensive”, “ignorant”, claiming the company has “sunk to new lows” and branding the shoes “slavewear”. (Huffington Post UK)
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