Adidas cancels controversial shackle-like shoe
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Adidas canceled the controversial new Roundhouse mid shoe that wasn't due out until August after critics said the style closely resembled a symbol of slavery.
After announces plans for the sneaker Monday, critics and Civil Rights leaders called the style offensive and racist to African Americans.
The sneakers were supposed to hit stories with a $350 price tag -- and some controversy. The Adidas Roundhouse Mid were complete with bright orange chains and ankle straps.
Before cutting production, Adidas released a statement saying, "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."
“They look really complicated. And I’m not sure why they’re handcuffing the ankle,” one man said.
“Maybe if you were on house arrest or something,” a woman said.
Not everyone's getting a kick out the sneakers, labeling them offensive, a symbol of slavery and oppression.
“I don’t understand what the point is,” said Justin Beech. “It has a negative connotation.”
Some, including one man who was sporting Adidas, didn't make the link. If there's any crime, they say it's one of fashion.
“I definitely think it’s unique,” he said.