Saw this on Twitter and was going to dismiss them as fake, but then I Googled and found ’em on Adidas’s official Facebook page.
“Well I’m done with Adidas. This is the dumbest most offensive thing I’ve seen in a while and that’s saying something. Boycott, indeed.”
“Adidas, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. The mockery of oppression that has not been overcome.”
“Ill never wear an Adidas shoe ever again.”
I’m baffled. And, as per usual when things like this happen, am wondering how many people approved this idiocy, from creation to launch. WTF is wrong with you!
JUNE 19 UPDATE: Adidas is no longer planning to release them. The company’s statement, in part:
“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. Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”
On Twitter, Scott said his inspiration came from the 90s cartoon My Pet Monster — a claim I believe, as he’s long been inspired by cartoons, etc.:
…but they’re still a hideous pair of shoes, and a really, really bad idea.