Did The Sneakers Really Need Shackles!
The topic of Slavery will forever be ongoing as there is often a painful reminder of what has and continues to exist. However, in the world of fashion, everything is exempt from the truth as art and fashion often gets a past for being having many interpretations and therefore exempt from being judged.
Well, a new debate has sprung upon us in the case of a new sneaker ad which Adidas released recently. The giant sneaker company paired up with famous designer Jeremy Scott and two unveiled their latest sneaker collection[The Jeremy Scott x Adidas Roundhouse Mid “Handcuffs”] which feature two attached shackles. Now the ad has ruffled up many feathers [me included] who believe that the designer was blatantly mocking ‘Slavery’. However, Adidas and Scott say that the inspiration for the sneaker collection was quite the contrary.
Adidas released this 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. 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.
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.
As for Jeremy Scott, well he said his inspiration was derived from a teddy bear he once favored: My Pet Monster. Hmm?