Originally set to be available in stores in August 2012, Adidas JS Roundhouse Mid shoes have been pulled from production due to the level of controversy surrounding the shoes' interesting design. The shoes, which feature large, orange plastic cuffs and chains to be strapped around the ankles of the wearer, have been referred to as "shackle" shoes and have elicited comparisons to chains worn by slaves. The designer and Adidas both claim that the shoes were not intended to depict slave shackles, but the decision was made to abandon the design when many consumers made that very connection after seeing pictures of the new design online. The designer said the shoe was inspired by a childhood toy.
Adidas released a statement:
"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."
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