Adidas has responded to the backlash caused by their Jeremy Scott designed "Shackle Shoes," which are officially called the JS Roundhouse Mid.
The footwear company has decided to pull the sneaker all together and issued an apology in the form of a prepared 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,” read the statement.
Scott has come forward and acknowledged that his shoe was meant to be fun, extravagant, and over the top. He had absolutely no intentions of the sneaker to have racial connotations. However, Black leaders such as Rev. Jesse Jackson remain appalled.
The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive. Removing the chains from our ankles and placing them on our shoes is no progress," Jackson wrote on the Huffington Post.