Sometimes we can be so fashion forward that we found ourselves back in time. Unfortunately for Adidas, their latest sneaker has caused some controversy and disdain among customers.
Much of the irony of the shoes derived from the shoes being highlighted and previewed on Juneteenth weekend. According to the Adidas Originals Facebook fan page, the high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August. A caption below the sneakers read: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”
Seems like we won’t be able to cop us a pair of fresh chains around our ankles. Due to much public outcry from millions around the world leaving comments on the photo, plus Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Boyce Watkins’ viral article has finally pushed the company to stop the release of the shoe. Adidas released a statement on Monday saying that it planned to cancel the shoe’s release.
“The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery,” the statement said. “We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”
We all know Jeremy Scott can be a little over the top with his designs, yet people still walk around with huge wings on their feet. The photo of the sneakers are still in the photo section of Adidas’ Facebook fan page Tuesday morning. Even though the shoes are not being released, the motivations of the photo still on the company’s page leaves much to ponder. Bummer, give us’ free!