A quick look confirmed that Scott and Adidas were guilty of tackiness

June 25 [Mon], 2012, 17:40
The whole thing makes me wonder who was sitting in the boardroom when this decision was made. Seriously?

Putting shackles on a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes outlet sneakers ― no matter how fly they are ― is not a good look. Let alone a good idea.

That's the moral of the story for Adidas, the German sportswear manufacturer that introduced this very shoe to the public and unwittingly unleashed a stampede of criticism in an Internet minute.

The company responsible for old-school hip-hop's uniform ― the iconic three-striped track suit and shell-top running shoes ― pulled its hideous purple, orange, and gray basketball sneaks from its fall lineup Tuesday after images of the shoe went viral the day before on social media and Twitter. The offensive main attraction: ankle cuffs complete with chain links. One look at the shoe was enough to conjure visions of chattel slavery, or what some believe is its modern-day equivalent: prison. These atrocities in epic proportions have worked to kill the spirit, drive, and dreams of America's black men.

If there were ever a lesson in bad taste, the JS Roundhouse Mids ― a name that's a nod to prison chic? ― was it. On Monday, the blogosphere blew up. Jesse Jackson said that if Adidas released the shoe, he would boycott the brand's stores across the 50 states.

"It is a symbol too strong, too powerful, and too negative to be trivialized," Jackson said. "I'm astonished Adidas would be this insensitive Christian Louboutin Suede Platform Pump Outlet Blue and allow this to happen."

At least that was my immediate reaction.

When I read more about the shoe, I thought this was just fashion inspiration gone awry. In today's style climate, these shackles would probably look cool with skinny jeans and a cropped Members Only jacket ― think edgy rocker with a dash of color. Adidas said the shoe "is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," and I believe it.

Scott, a white, avant-garde fashion designer known for dressing Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Lil Wayne, said he modeled the Christian Louboutin Suede Thick-Heel Platform Pump Black Sale shoe after American Greetings' 1980s plush, purple My Pet Monster doll. A quick look confirmed that Scott and Adidas were guilty of tackiness ― even ignorance. But racism? Not so much.

James Peterson, director of Africana studies and an associate professor of English at Lehigh University, put it perfectly.
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