Should Adidas Have Pulled The Jeremy Scott ‘Handcuff’ Sneakers From Their Line?

The adidas x Jeremy Scott Roundhouse Mids.
Photo: Via adidas’ Facebook page

We’re no stranger to the sheer, utter excitement that comes from every new adidas x Jeremy Scott collab that hits the internet, but last week when adidas released a sneak peek of their JS Roundhouse Mid sneakers on Facebook, they were greeted with some unusually negative feedback. The high top purple, gray and orange sneakers featured plastic cuffs that wrap around the ankles, which people claimed resembled “racist” shackles. Facebook commenter Greg Taylor said, “To those who don’t think this is racist, I guess your ancestors were not in shackles less than 200 years ago. […] You can totally disregard hundreds of years of history but it does strike a nerve to those old enough to remember different times. […] This is in poor taste at best.”

adidas countered this claim, 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,” but due to all the negative feedback, the brand decided to officially pull the sneaker from their upcoming line. They told AP, “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.” Not only are we super sadface over this whole debacle, but Jeremy Scott told Fashionista that the bright orange cuffs were actually inspired by the ’80s plush doll My Pet Monster who also wears plastic handcuffs. :( We have to commend Jer for always pushing the boundaries with his fashion, and this was no different, but it just shows that art is always open to interpretation. (Also, how ironic is it that his last collection was an homage to the internet, but that’s exactly what ended up putting him in hot water? Hmmm.) But what do y’all think—should Jeremy Scott’s sneakers have been pulled from their upcoming line or are people reading these shoes the wrong way? Let us know in the comments below!

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