A foot in mouth for a footwear giant. Adidas canceling plans to sell a sneaker with a shackle-like ankle cuff.
FOX News Radio’s Steve Rappoport reports:
The latest high top from Adidas is dead before arriving in stores. The company scrapping the JS Roundhouse Mids containing orange ankle cuffs and chains.
Critics complain the shackles evoke images of slavery. These shoppers at Burn Rubber sneaker boutique in Royal Oak, Michigan agree.
(Customer) “Well that’s exactly what it looks like.”
(Customer) “That’s the first thing that popped in my mind.”
Store co-owner Roland Coit says Adidas reps told him the sneaker, created by fashion designer Jeremy Scott, was inspired by the 1980’s doll “My Pet Monster”.
(Coit) “That’s why the shoe has the orange cuffs. It has nothing to do with slavery.”
Adidas apologizing to anyone offended by the design.
Steve Rappoport, FOX News Radio.
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