After releasing pictures from the Fall 2012 line for Adidas x Jeremy Scott there was a lot of critique about the line. Now if you know anything about Jeremy Scott you know that his designs are always out there, very vibrant, colorful and sometimes even with a teddy bear or two, so either people love what he has designed or hate it. This time, many critiques of the shoe were very angry… why you ask, it’s just a shoe? Well the Jeremy Scott Roundhouse Mid Shoe is designed with cuff’s on the ankle.
Many are linking this ‘cuff’ to ankle shackles that were worn during slavery times and started boycotting the shoes via social media.
Adidas heard these concerns and decided to cancel the controversial shoes on Monday night. They released a statement saying:
“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.”“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. Any suggestion that this is linked to slavery is untruthful.”
Tons of people wear and support Jeremy Scott from A$AP Rocky to Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, and even Rihanna to just name a few. I too am a fan of Jeremy Scott. All the controversy really came as a surprise to me, especially when those who don’t know or follow the designer suddenly tried to pin him as being one thing or another, so I did some digging and found out the inspiration behind the shoes.
The inspiration from these shoes derived for the Cartoon My Pet Monster. Those who follow and understand designer Jeremy Scott know that his vision is usually derived from childhood – toys, cartoons etc. Those who remember the show remember the orange cuffs on the monster.
It’s a nice shoe that I would rock without the cuff’s just because of my taste. Do I think slavery when I see the shoes, no. Why, because in my opinion people in jail still wear “shackles” and cuffs today.
When you see these shoes does it make you think slavery? Does it make you think out there design? Dope shoe?
I want to hear your opinions!