Adidas x Jeremy Scott ‘Shackle’ Sneakers Stir Up Racism Controversy

By Adrian Prelvukaj

If you’re a sneakerhead on a constant grind to find the most controversial or talked-about kicks of the moment, and you missed out on the Air Yeezy II’s, don’t panic because the good ol’ folks at Adidas have filled that void. Adidas teamed up with quirky designer Jeremy Scott, once again, to blow our minds with a never-before-seen design on a sneaker involving a “shackle-like” Velcro strap. The Jeremy Scott X Adidas Roundhouse Mid Handcuffs’ already have the Internet going nuts, with backlash claiming that the sneakers promote racism.

Update: Adidas Cancels Jeremy Scott ‘Shackle’ Sneaker After Racism Backlash

The sneaker world is fully aware of designer Jeremy Scott’s extremely unique style when it comes to him working with Adidas; whether it’s obnoxiously huge wings on the heel of a pair, or even a Panda head on the tongue. But for those who thought they’d seen it all…you really haven’t. Jeremy Scott has now added a handcuff (which is being dubbed as a ‘shackle’) to the Roundhouse Mid, attached by chains. Although the controversial $350 kicks will not be released till August 12, that didn’t stop the fans in the blogosphere from voicing their own opinions.

The ankle ‘shackle’ is being panned by critics who think it stands as a symbol of slavery. Many have shared passionate feelings on the negativity they feel the Adidas shoe would encourage. One commenter went so far as to say, “Please African Americans don’t line up for these, where does the respect begin and end for our people. Boycott Please!” with another adding, “Racist a bit, no?” Adidas quickly caught wind of certain fans’ disapproval of the sneaker and they delivered a response to clear things up.

Adidas told the Huffington Post: “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. Jeremy Scott is renowned as a designer whose style is quirky and lighthearted and his previous shoe designs for adidas Originals have, for example, included panda heads and Mickey Mouse. Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful.”

So, the question here is: are you saving up $350 to cop these sneakers on August 12, or do you actually think they’re racist? Vote below.