When I first read about Adidas adding shackles to their shoes, I thought this must be a fake story. However, it appears that the story started on Adidas’ Facebook page last week, so there may be some truthiness in the story.
A hurtful symbol of slavery or simply a quirky fashion statement? Adidas is rebuffing fierce criticism of one of its upcoming original sneaker designs. The JS Roundhouse Mid, a collaboration between Adidas Originals and edgy fashion designer Jeremy Scott and due to be released in August, features a bright orange chain and ankle strap. The public got its first look at the sneakers when Adidas added a photo of them to the brand’s Facebook page on June 14 with the caption: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”