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So much for being 'Unchained.' Adidas Intros JS Roundhouse Mids With Shackles

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 14, 2012 4:20 PM
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I normally wouldn't post an item like this, but this one I just couldn't pass up for what should be obvious reasons.

S&A contributor Anthony sent these images to me this morning. My immediate reaction was, are these real, or a Photoshop job?

Anthony then sent me a link to the Adidas Originals Facebook page, and, sure enough, there they were being advertised; they are indeed the real deal, and are coming soon.

This August, Adidas will release the new shoe design you see in the photos above and below, called the JS Roundhouse Mids.

Maybe inspired by "slave-movie-fever" perhaps? Adidas brass looking to capitalize, as Anthony noted in his email? Or is this just entirely unintentional on Adidas' part, although ignorant of what the design of these new kicks might suggest to some? Or not even worth discussing?

On the Adidas Originals Facebook page, where the photo was posted earlier today, the following words accompany the image:

Tighten up your style with the JS Roundhouse Mids, dropping in August. Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?

As you'd expect, several thousand of the 14 million fans of the Adidas Originals Facebook page see something else in these shoes that Adidas apparently doesn't (or didn't, when they decided that it would be a good idea to sign off on the designs for these).

I doubt this is what Run DMC envisioned when they rapped about their 50 pairs of Adidas way back when.

I'm trying to picture guys and gals strutting down the street with these on.

I'm sure a dissertation could probably written about these, given the group that would most likely be seen wearing these.

But what do you see, if anything?

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  • Savage SoS | August 1, 2012 12:22 PMReply

    Ok well me personally Iam black ,but have never been oppressed by any image ,df ,,ppl need their freedom of speech when regarding w.e else they won't in their stye or fashion since when did "shoes" ever come into play as to what slavery mean to any one so u telling me your offended buy shoes with shackles ,if these shoes wer intended to offend anyone pleas tell me his how ,bright ass orange chains and sackles ,I can see if they said these wer only for blacks ,or blacks can only buy ,man Drop then damn shoes and say f**k conclusion from you flat out who won't them buy them who don't levem off your feet and ur your mind cuz we have choice of wearing what we won't

  • the black police | June 20, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Why do a lot of American blacks LOVE to OWN slavery (I am not American)? Black people do not have a monopoly on slavery or shackles... Slave is not synonymous with Black. I am NOT bothered by this. Whoever things it is cool to wear them has it ob their head. I think they are ugly and nonsensical.

  • Ghost | June 20, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    Just a few things-the sane stupid kids that will camp out, steal, kill and whatever for $200 Jordans will be the same ones camping out for theses shoes. Those of us with issues with the shoes are not the issue-we weren't planning to buy those racist things. It's the ones who will ACT on those urges to do something to those who wear the shoes you need to worry about. I don't think we want to read about some white kid wearing these shoes and he gets Rodney Kinged because of those shoes. And what school district would allow kids to wear those shoes? It's bad enough we got kids already trying to be like jailbirds-we don't need anything else encouraging it. Those shoes were aimed at us and since our kids don't care about history-they thought they could get away with it. I'm sure the Jewish community had more to do with those shoes getting axed than us.

  • kamchatka | June 20, 2012 5:04 PMReply

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Dassler...paragraph 4

  • starry118 | June 20, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    Anyone who doesn't see the symbolism here is willfully ignorant. Adidas knew who they were marketing these shoes to and what that group associates shackles and chains to...whether it was prison or slavery, the choice to produce these was, at best, ignorant, insensitive, and disrespectful, and at worst, insidious and hateful. Also, to those commenting on how bad they look, what difference would it have made if the color scheme used was one you find more aesthetically pleasing? Would that have made them acceptable to you? Just curious...

  • WOW | June 20, 2012 9:57 PM

    Willfully ignorant? Are you sir, by any chance, playing the dozen on the QT? Well, I hate to talk about yo momma she's a good ol'soul who has a 2 dollar **#*^ and a rubber ass*&^#! I mean seriously my brotha, if you believe these shoes were perpetrating a vicious crime against the black man, so be it. But some folks have enough sense not to sweat the small stuff. Ignant is what ignorants do and you seem to be the biggest fool. And I've heard it said that if you talk to a fool long enough, there will soon be two fools talking, so BYE!

  • Zoe | June 20, 2012 5:24 AMReply

    Shackles are, to some, symbols like the words that you are reading in this blog right now. Just like these words have meaning, so do shackles for many. After all that has gone on how can you expect people not to react to this? Life in America has been hard for countless races and creeds. Some are too young to remember but, those memories are still alive and well for a lot of people.

    I saw this and was not outraged but, could see the possible backlash from it. It seemed disrespectful; however, I had to check myself. Ignorant acts, no matter the level, are not always due to mean behavior. Sometimes they are just that, ignorant (noun—the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.).

    In my opinion this shoe should not have slipped through this far. Some people might ask, was it intentional? Who knows!

    You say not to live in the past but, it is the past that defines us.

    If it was ruled offensive to enough people for Adidas not make the shoe, think about if that shoe had hit the street. You have no idea what could of happened, and frankly I don’t want to know.

  • CareyCarey | June 19, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    I am done with this muddled mess of madness. When I saw this "controversy" appear on one of my favorite programs, SPORTSCENTER... I knew it was time to take a seat. It's like I am now in the middle of the movie Night of the Living Dead. The whole world has been infected with the slavery virus, turning them into bloodthirsty tennis shoe zombies. So now I have to lay low with a group of people in an Iowa farmhouse. Oh lawdy be, feet don't fail me now. Get me down to that basement shelter because I am done with this debate.

  • skeptic | June 19, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    Your Comment The most likely explanation for these shoes is that Adidas announced them only with the intent of engendering controversy and publicity and then to withdraw them once the publicity was underway. Do you know who contributor Anthony actually is?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 19, 2012 5:03 PMReply

    It's a shoe... merely. "There's nothing in the world either good or bad but thinking makes it so." -- Shakespeare (but he was white, so...)

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    And... pulling them will only serve those who will still manage to get their hands on the shoes (the foreign factories that make everything always help with that). The bootleggers and Ebay-ers will sell them for the moon!

  • Nadell | June 19, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    They must be the free gift for the 1st 50 movie-goers for "Django Unchained" when the film hits theaters.....

  • onyx | June 19, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    Glad to hear Adidas is pulling the shoe. I'd just written a post yesterday on this. "Maybe Adidas will need parents to sign a waiver absolving them of any responsibility if injuries occur. Out of pocket expenses usually make even the most unPolitically Correct companies rethink their marketing strategy."

    http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-newest-trend-in-advertising-wtf-ideas-with-offensive-overtones/

  • maurice emel | June 19, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    all this could've easily been avoided by adidas putting the "my pet monster" pic up along w/these to show thats what they're based on, a toy, smh.

  • Vee | June 19, 2012 11:05 AMReply

    I was sitting in a seminar where the facilitator was showing images of illustrations that were drawn during a period where it was cool to denigrate all races; his presentation specifically drawing attention to slaves. He explained away the elimination of all the other imagery featuring the Irish, the Jew, the German because he thought it would be too much of a distraction from his topic which was the history of illustration. He left the images of the slaves within the presentation, I guess, because he had to show an example. A white couple promptly left. I considered leaving but then stayed because there was a young 'brother' sitting in the front of the room apparently unfazed by the couple leaving and more importantly by what the facilitator had done by explaining away his inclusion/exclusion of said imagery. Several more times during the presentation more denigrating imagery was shown...Al Jolson in blackface, etc. What I learned is that ignorance is only kept at bay by awareness and by people drawing attention to actions, products (like these stupid sneakers) and behaviors. Ignorance is sneaky and contagious and those folks that are determined to make money off of something as offensive as these sneakers will continue to "slip one by" you if you let it. Great design should have a purpose other than capitalising on stupidity and ignorance. I agree wholeheartedly that your money is your power. I wouldn't consider buying these nor will I, if these are released to the general public, be buying any Adidas products. I'm paying attention. When will you?

  • artbizzy | June 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    @Wow, Nope Vee gets a soul clap for this one. Glad these orange atrocities are a no- go. And quit misquoting me. I never use words like "facila-fellow," or "Ubbi Dubbi." I have said "lion," however, from time to time.

  • WOW | June 19, 2012 11:53 AM

    *slow clap* Thank you, VEE. *slow clap* Hey yoooooouuuuu guys, VEE jus cum back from a cin-ne-mon-bar were da facila-fellow put up sum of dat funky stuff. Ubbi dubbi, dey ws showin' pictcha shoses of de-negrorated blac folk. I be a slack-jawed simpleton... I's wonder ifin' dey shows lions, tigerers and bears? Tank u Vee, wat wee's do ifin' yous not tell us stupid and ignant folks what to do. Miss Vee is our hero! Yawl hold tight cus im off to tell Dumb Donald, Weird Harold and Bucky not to touch those orange suede shoes ~ Artbizzy

  • turner | June 19, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    **Adidas!

  • Mitch | June 19, 2012 1:37 AMReply

    whatever, these are dope shoes. Everyone needs to shut up and just not buy them if they don't like em. Fuckin whiners.

  • Xavier | June 19, 2012 12:01 AMReply

    First of all these shoes were designed by Jeremy Scott, a well known New York designer, who I guarantee you had not one thought of race running through his mind when designing them. Second they are priced at THREE HUNDRED and FIFTY DOLLARS, so how many do you think the big bad white corporate monsters at Adidas had planned on selling? Third to the individual who wrote about how he found the Nivea ad with the black actor cutting his afro to become more civilized racist...its no different than a white hippie looking dude cutting his hair in order to look more "civilized". The only difference is that they chose to hire the black actor because maybe he was more attractive or better at his job than the white or all other applicants...go figure. That insinuates that the intelligent black man in the ad has no idea what he's doing or is just plain ignorant. Finally the slaves were freed, all slaves, its not as if Africans were the only culture to be enslaved in the entire history of the world. In fact almost every culture no matter what the color of their skin have been victims of the atrocity known as slavery at some point in time. We're free now enjoy it for Gods sake and stop perpetuating your self inflicted life sentence. brilliant pioneers like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. fought for this freedom we now have at our disposal that we continue to waste by reading into everything and making every every everything about race. Yes we even have the freedom to make incredibly ugly shoes and, and if you can fathom it, the freedom not to purchase them. Mind blowing isn't it? Can we all please throw away the thick decks of race cards that we carry around on us like a badge? Because those are the only freedom bludgeoning shackles that I can see.

  • onyx | June 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    Hi Xavier,

    Thanks for your detailed response. I'd just like to try to clarify this "I find your reasoning when it comes to hair length quite peculiar, it almost comes off as if your saying that everyone who's decided to not grow an afro is somehow giving in to the evil machinery" as I can understand how that could be a bone of contention.

    I can only speak from what I remember and read. Once some African Americans began ditching the conks, perms, long straight clip on falls, full wigs and other hair styles more commonly accepted in the mid 60s, there was great debate in the community. For some, straight hair meant crossover opportunities in employment and life in general. I can recall seeing Cicely Tyson on TV and hearing a lively debate of older adults complaining about how she was making "us look bad" by not straightening her hair. However, what many finally came around to was that it wasn't "bad" just different. And we had a choice, though the debate still rages today (for example, when Viola Davis wore her natural hair for the Oscars. I thought she looked beautiful, while others disagreed). That is why the ad to me, the ad was a reminder of a time when not straightening your hair, dare I say it, meant that you didn't care who saw your naps, or frizz, and something was wrong with you. I've known since the ad came out that it reportedly was created by an African American, and I included the link from Clutch magazine with a photo on my blog last year, as I'm always interested in the origin of an idea.

    It was a relief not to have to either hot comb or relax or run for cover when it rained. But also making sure your Afro was perfectly round and picked out properly was also part of the mix. Dents in your do were a no-no, and having it shiny and "blown out" were also encouraged. So no, I'm not stating or implying that those who don't have Afros are giving in. But once it was, and still is to me, a symbol of when African Americans rose up almost uniform to choose to go natural (it was once simply called the natural or the bush) even though it was frowned upon, much like dreds and even braids. We took great pride not only in showing our true "roots" but making certain it was hooked up, or looking good. Again, that's why the ad reads and looks one way to me, while different to others.

    Thank you for the additional information on where Jeremy Scott got his inspiration. My belief is that with a dangling chain around a kid's ankle, no company would want to shoulder any accident claims, no matter who the designer is. I have enjoyed our discussion and hope to do so again.

  • xavier | June 20, 2012 1:07 AM

    Greetings Onyx, I'm sincerely glad that you chose to respond in a civilized and intelligent manner. Sometimes that's hard to come by, so it's quite a thing of beauty when it happens. Regarding the Nivea ad we'll just have to agree to disagree, and there's really nothing wrong with that. I personally find the afro a thing of beauty and power, but it can also be at times someone who just has long hair. It is incredible how long hair has the ability to frighten so many feeble minded people. I still will never see the ad as some greater conspiracy aimed towards keeping the black man down. In fact I doubt that there's a single black man out there who upon seeing that commercial would all of a sudden find the need to shave his locks. I find your reasoning when it comes to hair length quite peculiar, it almost comes off as if your saying that everyone who's decided to not grow an afro is somehow giving in to the evil machinery. There's a lot of barbers out there that would disagree. I think we grow up and discover our hair, our shoes, yes even our hygiene products do not define who we are. And I look at the people who told all of us that we're not beautiful and see some of the ugliest mugs ever to disgrace planet earth. Now taking a pick from your A, B, or C options regarding Mr. Scott's shoes I'm going to have to choose D. D is for the real thought that Mr. Scott had which was, and he has said as much, that he was thinking about the 80s childrens toy My Pet Monster when he designed his latest ridiculous kicks. I say latest because the man has designed many a ridiculous pair of shoes, and its kind of beautiful if you think about it. Beautiful that Adidas would give an artist the oppotunity time and time again to create something, ugly or not, that's not the same ole schtick and drivel. It all comes down to the fact that I believe we have to stop dwelling on the pointless like shoes, commercials, etc...straining for something to offend us. Throwing the word racist around like its just another word...its not, its far from it, racism is a serious issue, and its everywhere. But these so called "controversies" are just DISTRACTIONS keeping us from coming together and fighting against actual inequality, injustice, and racism. And I guarantee you that all of the ignorant fools out there who spew vile racist garbage incessantly love that pointless crap like these shoes are what end up getting the most media attention. We have to stop wasting valuable energy that could be put towards a greater good. It drives me mad crazy mad. I have nothing but love and respect for you Onyx and I thank you for your time. Now to Careycarey I have to say my intentions were not to make anybody look stupid and the only sore spot I was aiming for was the one that makes us all go "huh, damn those are just shoes, now on to the real battle at hand...actual factual racism," because its not hard to find. Also out of all the discussion boards I've ever read or ever been a part of I find your replies by far the most enlightened and real. Keep breaking it off, your mind is a beautiful beast and I enjoy pretty much everything you choose to share.

  • bondgirl | June 19, 2012 9:30 PM

    I have no comment on the ridiculousness of the controversy, but the Nivea ad was created by a black man, so stop blaming the white man for every goddamn thing.

  • onyx | June 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    Hello Xavier,

    I'm the one who included the NIVEA ad. So, let me get to some of your points "It's no different than a white hippie dude cutting his hair in order to look more "civilized."
    Well perhaps you'd like to check out the picture and accompanying "Look like you give a damn" extras on the ad which, like the Adidas, was pulled after public outcry. I'm not a "he" but I did wear an Afro in the 70s. And since it was a symbol of black pride back then, as we were announcing to the world that "black is beautiful" after being told we weren't for untold years, then showing the head of a black male complete with an afro has a different meaning for me than to you. And since I'd lived through the period where advertisers routinely thought nothing of using imagery of black males to mock and demean, again, much like the NIVEA ad it means something totally different for me than you. I'm not here to argue, I just wanted to address your statements.
    It's important to know the origins of an "idea." So Jeremy Scott either thought of the now defunct shackles from a) fetish chains, of which I still wouldn't want my kid wearing b) copying off prision attire, which again, speaking purely for myself, I wouldnt' want my kid copying and I take great pains to educate them on the origins of not just products, but what we dealt with "back in the day." c) that leaves slave shackles. Take your pick. Mr. Scott's creativity was sparked by one of those three imho. The product has been pulled so most would say the point is moot. I say stay ever vigilant, especially those of us old enough to remember when Aunt Jemima used to proclaim "I's in town Honey!"
    http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-newest-trend-in-advertising-wtf-ideas-with-offensive-overtones/

  • CareyCarey | June 19, 2012 8:17 AM

    Xavier, I love how you slid (dismissed) Artbizzy to the side. That was a pro move. I am serious. I don't know what it is with her as of late. She's not usually the black heckler up in the balcony. But now, not speaking directly to her, but I think you hit a sore spot with many of the commenters. it's called RATIONAL THINKING. When you hit them with your knowledge of the designer and the price of the shoes, you cut the wind from their sails. And then, to make matter worse, you sliced and diced the Nivea argument with your succinct overview of that commercial. Yep, if I can use my brotha from the flatlands vernacular, you killed some black folks up in here. I'm not saying you made them look stupid, but stupid is what stupid(s) does, and you shined a light on the sublime to the ridiculous. But in the end (since we are not a monolithic block of knuckleheads and controversy can be a good thang) there will always be a core of black folks who love wallowing in the past and misery loves company and this is S&A's comment section, so maybe we should all join hands and sing the song "Que Sera Sera". I'll lead... "Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be, will be, the future's not ours to see, Que Sera, Sera... what will be, will be" **taking a bow** Thank you very much. Btw, that song is scary apropos to this discussion because it was first introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much.

  • xavier | June 19, 2012 12:36 AM

    AWWW thanks Artbizzy I love sarcasm and I always appreciate fake praise. I don't know if I'm your number one fan though, but I do honestly believe in you...I just don't know who you mean by "us". Is "us" the people in your room, in your head, or is there a greater us that i'm unaware of that you claim to represent? And do the "us" know that you are in fact their representative? And please what ever you do don't shut down the blog on my account.

  • artbizzy | June 19, 2012 12:19 AM

    *slow clap* Thank you, Xavier. *slow clap* Hey yoooooouuuuu guys, we're freeeeeeee! Shut down the blog! Go buy you a pair of those wack Adidas...or not! The point is (you race card pullers) is that you're free to choose! I mean we're free to choose! Thank you, Xavier! Give me an X. Give me an A. Give me a V. Give me an I. Give me an E. Give me an R. XAVIER! Our number one fan! Thanks for believing in us! Really.

  • maurice emel | June 18, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    These are totally based on the 80's toy "MY LITTLE MONSTER" look it up, its totally innocent, probably the timing of Django trailers didnt help this product, oh well they're never being released now, its official. Now you'll only be able to see them on ebay for $10K, lol

  • het | June 18, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    hey i like shackle shoes , i can't find it what the company shackle shoes

  • BBK8KS | June 18, 2012 8:12 PMReply

    lol.... way to funny and cute for all the kids to wear while visiting they parent in jail....idk how it got considered racial with all our fine american inmates wearing classic orange.... seriously does it always have to be about slavery... COME ON ITS ORANGE!!!

  • Soul | June 18, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    Man, you know what's really sad about this? All the PR could have been turned around into a positive thing just by red-flagging it and saying it was "in honor of." Bonus points if they got a minority representative of some sort to endorse it, but it's not -really- needed. It's really their silence / ignorance of the issue that killed them.

  • scallywag | June 18, 2012 6:44 PMReply

    Slavery? Swastika? Are we not taking the line of thought a bit too far? Why not the symbol of Jesus who might annoy atheists? Or whatever else it is that is perceived distasteful? Then again isn’t one's sense of fashion a personal involvement?

    Are we to now grab people off the street and beat them up viciously if they choose to dress in a way that offends us? That I imagine would also go to manufacturers. Nothing after all is more effective than telling the manufacturer that their product is non gratis than us staying away in droves. But will you?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/06/welcome-to-the-new-adidas-slavery-shoe-shackle-up-tight/

  • annini | June 18, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    a test market of who or how many Africans are awake in the americans it does not matter we know that they are still sleep

  • Christine | June 18, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    As long as there are displaced African people in American there will always be an issues because are roots has been planted into the soil we live on though blood sweat and tears. When we think its out to forget about where we come from thats when we lose ourselves as a people. We are truly a culture lost "African American" ancestor of a The African Slave Trade.

  • Vickie | June 18, 2012 5:21 PMReply

    What is the big deal? If you dind them offense just don't buy them..that will solve your situation. Why does everything has too be soooo offense or racial. Get over it!

  • not a doktor | June 18, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    I didn't get what the article was talking about at first because I saw something more uh … kinky.

  • Justin Barkman | June 18, 2012 5:01 PMReply

    I wish people would just live there own lives. Its sorry that a company has to worry about hurting someones feelings all the time. Maybe the people that are bothered about something like this should just grow up and stop being such a CUPCAKE. Because we allways never get the cool stuff because one Jack-Wagon has to cry about it and F's it up for everybody.

  • CareyCarey | June 19, 2012 10:05 AM

    "Ashy Larry or a Miss Kizzy" Lmao. After I read that line I look for my jar of Vaseline. My hands were screaming "ASHY ASS CareyCarey". But Miss Jackie Wagon, since you are a writer, I don't know if I should take your day at the movies as fiction or a dream? I mean, it's a great story (had me rollin'), but did they refund your money? Well, that's not important but SLAVES IN A BOX? Now THAT'S some serious mess. I wonder why I didn't catch that? You know I was raised around a lot of white folks, so ever movie theater I went to was filled with them, so I would have loved to get my H Rap Brown on. And just think, I am still so blind that I can't see those shackles around my feet and around those stankin' pair of Adidas TENNIS SHOES. Help me Artbizzy, I need prayer. And btw,who, or what, is Run D-M-C? Is that one of those black militant groups?

  • artbizzy | June 19, 2012 12:31 AM

    @CareyCarey You are a poet and I bet you didn't even know it! Yeah, I'm a Jack-Wagon alright, or a Jackie Wagon whatever you prefer. When Forrest Gump said "Life is Like a Box Of chocolates I jumped up in the movie theater in (1990-whatevs) mostly full of white folks and said, "Life is like a WHAAAAAT? A box of WHAAAAAT? A box of slaves, right? That's what that slow southern white boy meant. Life is like a box of slaves or n-words and you never know what you're gonna get. You could get an Ashy Larry or a Miss Kizzy. That's sooooo racist!" Needless to say, I was politely ushered out of the movie theater shackled then pushed into the back of a police car, then later booked for pulling the race card during an Oscar winning performance. A damned near felony. I don't think I ever got over that. This stank pair of Adidas just brought it all back up. I mean, what would Run D-M-C say?

  • CareyCarey | June 18, 2012 6:51 PM

    *LOL* Stop it Artbizzy. Jack-Wagon is sort of like "Poppycocks". You know, they're the white verison of Dirty ol' Black Bast**ds -- I think. (smile) But Justin has a legitimate point. Call it CUPCAKES or ASSWHIPS, it is a damn shame some folks see slaves around every corner. I'd hate to join one of those wooly haids in a game of name that cloud. You know: "I see cotton candy. What do your see Leon?"... Leon: "I see the goddamn Underground Railroad"... Lil' Becky: "Really?! But I see Mickey Mouse. What else do you see Leon?"... Lil' Leon: "I see Mr. Charlie's foot on my neck". Lil' red face Becky: "Wow Leon, you're being quite the Jack-Wagon aren't you?". Leon: "Don't even try that guilt trip on me. You didn't say that last night when you asked me to jack yo wagon. Now lay back down and watch that yoke and those branding irons float by".

  • artbizzy | June 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Waaaaaaaah! "Jack-Wagon," Waaaaaaah! Gosh-Darnit Justin, Weez sho is sorry for effing up yous and everybody's lives and forcing you to come here and reads what some oh us is thinkings 'bout these ugly assed Adidas. Don't mind us, we ain't nothing but stupid, ignant chocolate CUPCAKES with sprinkles on top of our wooly ole haids. We don't know no bettuh...ah eff it all to hell, I gotta get off of the internets before I let you know it all trolls steal my youth.

  • Matt Williams | June 18, 2012 2:17 PMReply

    Adidas should fire the idiot who came up with this idea, those who took the idea to production, and those marketing this shoe. How utterly stupid!

  • Danjahrus | June 18, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    Wow and they say slavery does not exist. ADIDAS should be ashame of themselves. What's next an Adidas windbreaker with Massa's whip imprints on the back to match the shoes.

  • CR | June 18, 2012 9:27 AMReply

    People keep getting robbed for their shoes, so maybe this is an attempt at some kind of security system for sneakers?

  • Muse | June 18, 2012 1:33 AMReply

    I seriously thought they were a bizarre variation of Facebook spam. Those shoes are for real? I don't foresee those being hot in the streets. At all.

  • !!! | June 18, 2012 12:16 AMReply

    Unless you have white guilt you will view this as racist. Other than that these shoes are dope that resemble my pet monster. Adidas has been making some crazy shoes in the past few years. People are stupid go waste your energy on something else.

    Dont tell me these shoes are racist too.
    http://cdn.hypebeast.com/image/2011/07/adidas-jeremy-scott-js-bones.jpg

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2012 9:29 PMReply

    "It's coming to a point where people are incessantly looking for racial insensitivities in the media, fashion, and wherever else they can find it and it's getting blown out of proportion" . I could stop right there but I have to ride this discussion to the end because it hits home with me in several ways. @ Blutopaz, we've had our differences, but it's my hope that we might find a common ground of understanding. In my reply to Laura, I mentioned my grandson's desire to own a pair of the tennis shoes in question. Since I am of the belief that we, as adults, bravely speak for our youth and sometimes, “we”, parents and concerned citizens alike, project our issues and past struggles upon them. So when my grandson admired those sneakers.... that some adults proclaimed reminded them of the horrors of slavery, I had to question the right narrative to express my concerns. If I broached the subject of "shackles", there are several roads I could travel. But why go there? I could show him a picture of his great-great-great-grandfather who was a member of the Union Army during the Civil War, who by the way, was a slave. Before the war and after, he used shackles in his profession as an “animal doctor”. I have his tools and a pair of actual iron shackles from those days back in the 1800’s. Also, in my days of incarceration, I had to endure the indignity of being shackled while wearing nothing but my birthday suit. That's right, while being ass butt naked, those restraining metal grips were attached to my ankles and wrists with a chain extended between the two. I tried to hold my head up as I shuffled along. Consequently, I could talk to my grandson about the dynamics and purpose of real shackles. However, like my great-great grandfather, who didn't choose to look back to the days he was in bondage; possibly impeding his forward progress, I couldn’t find a purpose to equate my restraints to a pair of orange colored plastic Velcro strips, which were attached to a pair of kicks/sneakers/gym shoes. So instead of assigning a slave narrative to the appetizing tennis shoes, I decided to talk to him about issues he can use to become a better person ( i.e. money, responsibilities, needs vs desires) . I could not find a reason to wax poetic, or speak in frivolous rethoric about an alleged boogieman that does not exist in his world. Eventually, with the proper tools and experiences of his own, he will become a man who can decide for his self, what's good for him and his family. Lastly, I heard a person say, "Salvation lies within" and "it's a terrible thing to live in fear".

  • mixed girl | June 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    U should be a writer

  • Onyx | June 17, 2012 6:11 PMReply

    Well, the Adidas facebook page is currently unavailable.
    Gee, I wonder if it dawned on them that this wasn't a very good marketing angle?

    The company quote referenced in the article says it all:
    "Tighten up your style with the JS Roundhouse Mids, dropping in August. Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles"

    "Lock your kicks to your ankles?" No. Just. No.
    Having critical thinking skills are . . . a beautiful thing.

  • Afro Boy | June 17, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    A lot of furor over these. If I'm honest though, I see more My Pet Monster (link below) here than enslaved African motif *shrug*

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PLeH-DnEgwo/SAzwoL_txHI/AAAAAAAAAC4/KPCB8RuIJR8/s320/mpmebay.jpg

  • BluTopaz | June 17, 2012 3:36 PMReply

    CareyCarey, aka Uncle Remus and his rambling Br'er Rabbit fables. . This is the kind of "urban" individual ad agencies love. Hence, slave kicks that have white suits sitting around conference room tables doubled over in laughter, while thinking about their profit margins.

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    The saga continues. When last we left, Blutopaz and the girls had lost their minds and their heads in a futile attempt to tell the world that Evil Tennis Shoes were falling from the sky. To their dismay, the well-known scavenging black condor CareyCarey, having noticed their floundering on the African plains, swooped down for the kill. FLASHBACK: The S&A Black Cinema Diaspora Chicks, Chicken Licken, Hen-Len, Cocky Locky, Goosey Poosey and Gander Lander, were squawking around S&A land. Blutopaz, aka, Gander Lander said, "Kiss My Black Ads, dem slave shackles". Britany, a white girl from the Hamptons replied, "Guuurl, if you don’t sit yo ass down. They're just shoes. Simply put: If you don't like them, then don't buy them". Well, that was the beginning of the end. Along the way the black chicks met Mr. Reality, aka Foxy Woxy, aka CareyCarey! He invited them to his humble abode, and there he eat them. Episode 2: Come to find out, the Wizard of Oz, aka Tambay, was the mastermind behind the plot to destroy black folks. He used the long bambozzle stick; THE POWER OF SUGGESTION. He huddled behind his curtain while posting a sign which said "Adidas Intros JS Roundhouse Mids With Shackles". OMG, the natives went wild. SLAVES SHACKLES!? A firestorm erupted. "How dare the white man do this to "us". . Alice was heard saying "where is my male b**ches and the other male prisoners who were sodomized by slaveowners?"… Well, as the story goes, Frank (Chicken Licken) and Ty (Cocky Locky), didn't die in Foxy Woxy's frying pan. No-no, after drinking a little rum and coke, Foxy Woxy fell asleep just long enough for the dashing duo to escape in the woods. They knew they"d be on the FBI's COINTELPRO list, so after a few days of laying low, they changed their names to the "Tin-Man" and "The Scarecrow" (so they could blend right in The Wonderful World of Black Oz). The Tin Man was hyped. He was hell bent on telling the world that Orange Shackles were falling from the sky, and thus, the world was coming to an end. We hear him singing around his camp fire.. "Slide some oil to me I got work to do".
    "Let it trickle down my spine, if you don't have S.T.P. Crisco will do just fine. Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance. Been through the fire and the rain, bound in every kind of way, but God has broken every chain, so let me go right now. Slide some to my elbows and to my fingers if you would slide some oil to me, girl Whoo! Don't that feel good! Now watch me dance!" Not to be outdone, The Scarecrow breaks out in The Black Crow's National Anthem: Michael Jackson's "You Can’t Win Child” --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r1ssg1LIt4

  • Laura | June 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    @CareyCarey. I'm back. Like I said I was in a rush. I had to run back out. I am part of team for the 72 Hour Film Shootout - sponsored by the Asian-American Film Lab. The marathon has not ended yet. I am one of three writers for a 4 minute film script. The team I am on won 9th place last year. Their film was screened as a part of the Asian American film festival last year. Hopefully our team will be in the top three. If so, our film will show on July 28th as part of the Asian-American film festival. Wish me luck. I will tell everyone if my team make the cut. And will definitely invite the New York City metro area Shadow and Act family to the premeire of the film short. Ciao I got to go to sleep before I fall out.

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    Laura, again, I believe we are on the same page. In fact, as I was writing my earlier post, my grandson, who is 8 years old, looked over my shoulder and said "ohh, I want a pair of those shoes!". *LOL* I said, "boy, you don't have a job so you don't have Seventy dollars, so you DON'T want those shoes". And yesterday we went to a hobby shop to purchase a two dollar kite. When we got there his eyes were diverted to a TWENTY DOLLAR model car kit. He picked it up and said, "This is what I want". *LOL* .. well, again I had to preach another lesson. I replied, "boy, you don't have but 3 dollars and 26 cents in yo pocket and you've already said you "want" to see Madigascar (sp) and you "want" a Happy Meal, so lets talk about needs and wants". So Laura, I'm feeling you. And I didn't mean to disrespect you when I said "Blutopaz and the girls". In my defense, if you've been reading along over the years, you have to have noticed that I embellish much of my rethoric with hordes of tongue & cheek references and lyrics from songs, so don't take if personally. Heck, I am sure you're not a "Goosey Poosey" nor a "Loosey Lady", so please take it all in stride :-). And see, Blutopaz and I have been doing this thang for quite some time, so you just got caughtup in the stream. Now, having said all of that, I am still concerned with those whose argument was based on their perspective that the orange tennis shoes with velcro straps, were a synbol of slave shackles. To that point, I will stand on my position and proclaim to the world "THAT'S A BIG BAG OF B.S.". Brittiny said it best --> "It coming to a point where people are incessantly looking for racial insensitivities in the media, fashion, and wherever else they can find it and it's getting blown out of proportion. Again, they're just shoes". Btw, 72 shootout contest?

  • Laura | June 17, 2012 3:05 PM

    CareyCarey. I was away because I was on my 72 shootout contest. I'm back. First of all "Topaz and the girls". Let's get this straight. My daughters are 'girls' and they need my permission to go on the internet. So your dismissive tone need to be checked. You again going on what you think people mean rather than quoting them on what they say. I will speak for myself the image of chattel slavery did not come up when I saw that nonsense. No way. Try this. Fool chirren and the even more ignant parents paying $50+ a pop for yankee baseball caps in Blood or Crip gang colors. That's what immediately to mind. Parents spending goob gobs of money on clothes they can't afford for children who need to wear the must cheaper and much more cost effective school uniforms to school. The same ignant parents get indigent and cursing out the school officials because they feel their child should wear whatever they want eventhough they opted to send their child to a public school where children are expected to wear uniform Parents have kids coming to school looking like ho's and thugs in training. Yeah I said that. That's what comes to mind when I see those damn sneakers. The ignant parents and the offspring who are attracted to certain consumer items like moth to a light. Consumer items that they can not afford, that are gimmicky and shows their lack of self worth. That what irks me when I see sneakers. I don't need to go back in history to see the destructive consumerism that is eroding our community. That is the issue I have with those sneaker. Folks buy shit because it's that hot thing not taking to mind it's significance. And bullshit it is always marketed to Black/poor communities that business and corperation would never do in their own communities. About those baseball caps. I live in a gentrified community. I can't find that bullshit in my neighborhood. But my daughter wanted me to buy one for her. She is not in any gang. She does not know the symbolic significance of those caps. I know the significance because I constantly encounter gangs members at my job. I told my daughter no. She had a fit. I told her to get a damn job and buy that hat if it means so much. She balked. Beleive it or not CareyCarey articles of clothes have social meaning and social significance. And if you don't believe that clothes don't carry great deal of social meaning, I suggest you go around wear a dress for a week and prove me wrong.. Ciao I got to go. I know it seems like I am rambling along. But later I will come back to talk some more.

  • Britany | June 17, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    They're just shoes. Simply put: If you don't like them, then don't buy them. It coming to a point where people are incessantly looking for racial insensitivities in the media, fashion, and wherever else they can find it and it's getting blown out of proportion. Again, they're just shoes.

  • onyx | June 19, 2012 12:47 PM

    Hey JUSTIN,

    Tell Britany I said "hi"

  • Justin | June 18, 2012 5:07 PM

    Are you or have you ever been a slave ONYX? GET OVER IT !!!!!

  • onyx | June 17, 2012 5:55 PM

    Dear Brittany,

    Please look beyond the shoes at the chains, in an attempt to flip the script on what it means to be "chained" smh.

    They're not "just shoes" when marketed with clearly defined "slave" references. Those who know American history and how silence is usually taken as acceptance when offensive ads like these are devised can see the bigger picture. That's why only an uproar will make the company listen.

    But, much like the "slut walk" march where women of all races and ethnicities were supposed to be united against rape, yet some young ladies thought it would be cool to state in a number of signs that "women are the niggers of the world" (John Lennon song) without thought to what anger it would cause with black feminists down with the walk, the point of this badly planned marketing scheme evades some. I get it.

    This was premeditated, much like the NIVEA ad that had a black male throwing an afro headed mask of himself with the tag line "re-civilize yourself" which, unfortunately was one of the offense myths spread throughout slavery and segregation about black males, that simply due to the color differences, we'd always be unequal to whites, and unable to be "civilized" (I've got old newpaper scans stating this on my blog)

    This ad is offensive and someone should be called on the carpet, however, I suspect controversy was what the agency was after. That, and massive sales.
    http://acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com

  • Alice | June 17, 2012 12:25 AMReply

    This is equal to the pants being worn below the buttocks. Most people are aware that this style came from the male prisoners who were the b**ches of other male prisoners. Before that, it was the way slaves wore their pants if they were sodomized by slaveowners. So, now, we have a generation of youth that does not read history and thinks it's okay to wear shackles. Adidas ought to be ashamed. Adidas should not take advantage of their stupidity. BTW, this stupidity is not confined to African American youth...just stupid ones. Parents, do not buy these shoes for you kids. Anyone over 18, you're welcome to "stupid-dom".

  • wisam | June 16, 2012 6:46 PMReply

    what's the big deal? there's no need to cry over any thing you find and relate to racism. I'm pretty sure if Adidas had anything to do with racism they wouldn't make it this obvious, otherwise what would be the point? they could just openly admit it. I feel like a lot of afro-americans and africans themselves are past the white-people-are-the-devil era (i'm not white myself, i'm asian) but yet they still feel the need to act like it bothers them. How is this shoe going to harm anyone? there is a lot of racism in the world such as people getting denied to enter a country because of their race (a lot of mexicans, arabs and iranians) so if you do care about racism then you would look at the types that directly harm people. Oh, and by the way, when dark-skinned people feel the need to defend themselves (and expect everyone else to agree) from anything they can relate to racism, but look the other way(metaphorically speaking) when it comes to racism towards other races, it's more an act of selfishness rather than standing up.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2012 5:21 PMReply

    @ Frank, Michele, Ty, Laura, and BluTopaz, ALSO KNOWN AS Chicken Licken, Hen-Len, Cocky Locky, Goosey Poosey and Gander Lander respectfully. This discussion is reminicent of a folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a few chickens who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase The sky is falling! features prominently in the story. In this case, as it applies to this discussion, Blutopaz, who we will call Hen-Len, believes Orange Tennis Shows adorned with Velcro straps, is something worthy of the king's attention. The story is a negro folktale that makes light of paranoia and mass hysteria. The chicks, Blutopaz, Laura and Michelle believes the sky is falling when Orange Tennis Shoes appear on the scene. Laura declares "OMG! those look like ankle shackles so lets run for our lives". Blutopaz being highly impressionable agrees and says "OMG, they sure do, so maybe we should tell the big man, S&A and the world what we've found? The chicks decide to tell the King. On their journey they meet other lemmings (mostly other fowl) which join it in the quest. Chicken "Licken" Frank and Cocky "Lockey" Ty were all in for a journey down Fool's Errand Road. Along the way they meet Mr. Reality, aka Foxy Woxy, aka CareyCarey! He invites them to his place in the woods and there he eats a few. The other he hangs outside his den to warn the other inhabitants what might happen if you believe in the ridiculous, or lose sight of those things that matter the most in life. The moral to be drawn from this fable of woe should be interpreted as a warning not to believe everything you are told. So when someone tells you that Kid's Sneakers are the new subversive weapon of the Evil White Man -- stop, look and listen. But by all means don't be nobodies fool and don't ever play another man's game. Priority-Priority-> PRI-OR-I-TIZE!

  • Sandra | June 16, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    I think they are ugly and really stupid looking. Since I don't like them, I won't be buying them. I feel this is the best way to protest.

  • frank | June 16, 2012 4:01 PMReply

    it was probably someone who has the same mind set that soulja boy has by thanking the "slave masters" for bring him here.

  • Alice | June 17, 2012 12:28 AM

    I know, right!

  • michele | June 16, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    Perhaps this was a design of some blissfully unaware white person, or even non white. But COME ON to ANYONE that can't see this is in poor taste. Adidas is well aware of their AA fan base who they often market to, none of the execs said 'No, this might not be good.'
    It's a case of 'Whatever we make, they'll buy it.'

  • Logic | June 16, 2012 4:07 AMReply

    Oh yeah, this post-racial society we live in is just delightful.

  • Ty | June 15, 2012 9:14 PMReply

    At the risk of perpetuating controversy, I must make a quick observation. Someone posted that these shoes, more specifically the shackles, could be a reference to " smack-talking" "you can't hold me, shackles on my feet don't have a hold on me". The reason I must disagree with the above premise is because, this shoe isn't geared toward ATHLETES of any kind. Just look at the shoe, never mind the shackles for now, look at the shoe! In the game of basketball the shackles on these shoes have no practical purpose. So if "hoopers" aren't their targeted audience, then who are? "lil June-bug, lil ray ray, and Dollar-bill..you know the guys that "hold the block down". However, the above mentioned aren't the primary target, their primary target are the children that have a vertical view of the above mentioned! For those who say it's innocent, you've probably never participated in a product focus session. These sessions are conducted to gauge the full spectrum of our collective opinion. In this case: "What's is the first thing you think when you see these shoes" = Measuring you're impulse, What do you like about them = Attempting to gain a positive consensus, What do you dislike = gaining a negative consensus. etc,etc. I only shared this because you need to know the shackles, the color of the shoe, the verbiage that's used to describe them and their target audience is not by accident! It's strategic, divisive (kids will want them and informed parents will deny them), harmful, insulting, disrespectful and down right EVIL!

  • BluTopaz | June 16, 2012 11:21 AM

    any further convo, sorry

  • BluTopaz | June 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    @ TY--Wonderful observation. But please be aware you are engaging in dialogue with an individual who uses Amos & Andy as a reference for progressive Black entertainment. Any further condo will be a time warp experience for you, fyi.

    But yeah the focus groups--I have participated in a few of those. One in particular was for cosmetics aimed at Black women. These companies drop a ton of $$$ on new products, I would love to see what the blog owner of Kiss My Black Ads would say about these slave kicks. He's a graphic designer in advertising and often provides a lot of behind the scenes info similar to your comment.

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 10:24 PM

    Well Mr Product Focus Session, come out of the darkness. First, most tennis shoes of this nature are not marketed for the "Athlete", HOWEVER they follow a particular sport THEME. No one is actually stepping foot on an hardcourt. So please spare me the quasi-boardroom glibberish. And listen, who defined VELCRO as SHACKLES? Yeah, you and others got hit with the bop gun. Someone said LOOK and you failed to ask why. What's next, all the little kids who have their mittens and gloves attacked to their coats are wearing slave chains? Yeah... incredibly stupid suggestion, right? You saw shackle (or fell for the okie doke) and I saw Tennis Shoes with Velcro stripes. But I will throw you a bone. All products should have a great campaign which attracts their target audience. So let's see, these have a nice bright color orange, a little different style and easy to use Velcro. BAM! "Hey momma, could you buy me a pair of those slave shoes. I wanna be just like kunta kinta". Yeah really, totally ridiculous -- don't you think, TY? Orange tennis shoes with velcro stripes dangling from a plastic chain are now a symbol for slave chains..... really? And the white man is in collusion with the boogieman in an effort to send every black person to 1860. DUDE, watch who's ass your hanging on because when they jump out a window your ass will follow.

  • TY | June 15, 2012 8:31 PMReply

    F.uck my opinion! My agenda: To go into as many dept and sporting good stores as possible (that decides to carry this crap) and raise hell!!! Not tacky or uncivil hell, no,no,no, the type of hell that causes the sales associate to call the floor supervisor, and the floor supervisor to call the store manager and the store manager to call the regional manager, and the regional manager to call the National Director! And it's my hope,that the National Director meet with the CEO of Adidas, Mr. Herbert Hainer and the Board of Directors and collectively decide to PULL THIS TRASH OFF THE SHELVES!!

  • CareyCarey | June 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    "CareyCarey, you see what you see. And I see what I see, and what I see is Velcro SHACKLES!" Well Frank, Ty and Miss Blutopaz, here's what I think what you guys see in the color orange. The following is a clip of 200 black people dressed in orange, dancing around and singing "Please, Don't Bring Me No Bad News"--> youtu.be/pQT-QFy5Nig

  • frank | June 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    CareyCarey, you see what you see. And I see what I see, and what I see is Velcro SHACKLES! Just the mere idea behind it is ludicrous. Plus the shoe is just plain ugly. There is a boogieman in this sitaution. The boogieman is the dumb person who supports this dumb shit...

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 10:37 PM

    And they will lock your ass up. That's right, and when you find yourself in lockup, watch what happens to yo ass when you tell the boys you're in for protesting a pair of fukin' Orange TENNIS SHOES.

  • ROBERTO | June 15, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    these shoes are fun, and playful and remind me of "my pet monster" stuffed animal toy i had when i was growing up

  • Matthew | June 15, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    these shoes are inspired by MY PET MOSTER from early 90s - people need to calm down and not assume that some orange plastic velcro cuff is a reference to slavery.
    http://hockeyfrillablog.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/adidas-originals-by-jeremy-scott-2012-fallwinter-footwear-collection-hypebeast-my-pet-monste/

  • TainoPRHC | June 15, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    Our ancestors were captured, shackled, transported and made to stand for hours in a plaza while one by one they were auctioned off to rich men to work for no money.

    Today, our youth’s minds are captured through commercialism. They transport themselves as far as other states to malls and shopping districts. By choice they stand outside for days, and with the money they earn working.......they buy a pair of shackles.

    Times have not changed only the methods have. #ModernDaySlavery

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    SHACKLES?! Oh the horror of it all. Well, I'm really being facetious. I mean, the following is a comment from a youtube song titled "Shackles On My Feet". The gosple group Mary Mary also did a song "Shackles". Anyway, check this --> "People need to get a GRIP out there, the shackles refer to dancing, not anything to do with OUR past history, too many anal word choosing freaks out there, IT IS A SONG, listen to the lyrics!!!!!!, self explanatory!. One of the best rollerskating tunes ever!!!!". So I am suggesting... or wondering if it's fair to jump to conclusions? Well, I guess I am trying to seek first to understand. Maybe the "shackle on my feet" or in this case "attached to my tennis shoes" could be speaking to a basketball phase/smack talking "you can't hold me down". You know, some brothas can jump so high, it's as if gravity doesn't affect them, hence, "shackles on my feet don't have a hold on me". Anyway, listen to the lyrics of the 80's group RJ's Latest Arrival: Oh, pay no attention to the woman washing the car. She forgot a small piece of clothing. Shackles On My Feet by RJ's Latest Arrival---> R-version http://youtu.be/aUgsGCUb3Go G-rated version --> http://youtu.be/qhapqcbLm2k

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 12:45 PM

    No Laura, slow your roll now. First, I did not say nor imply that anyone was complaining about MaryMary's song! I was only pointing out the word "shackles" has many meanings and many images. If you read my original comment, you'd notice I asked the question, are we jumping to conclusion? Listen, I believe you're being short-sighting, or at least looking at this from you own personal reference. You cannot equate "shackles" to a swastika! That reminds me. How many people would you assume knew the etymology of the word 'swastika"? Yeah... exactly. Well, you did (which is my headsup to you) but shackles (for most humans) does not immediately conjure the image of slavery (you cannot flip that). So please, lets not talk about a straw man argument. And please believe me, when I saw the shackle on the shoes, I immediately thought of the phrase I mentioned below. Men talk big sh*t on basketball courts, so I thought it apropo that someone would say, "you can't guard me fool, don't let this shackles fool you". Listen Laura, lossen up and stop being so trapped, aka, "word anal". I am being serious. You read this post (and the setup) then YOU was plugged-in the mindset of "slavery". I, on the other hand, saw the trap, therefore I refused to jump to conclusions. Now I am not going to call you a do or die contrarian, but I would suggest that you not speak for me. This image was shackles on a pair of damn tennis shoes. Not a chain (to be worn around the neck) with the image of a black person hanging from a tree. Give me a freakin' break.

  • Laura | June 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Oh CareyCarey that was lame. Mary Mary really? Come on, everyone who knows the meaning of shackles is given within the context of the song. Ain't no one here complaining about their song, so why bring it up? Oh my bad. I see what you're doing. You're introducing us to your new friend. Hi Mr. Strawman how are you doing? Since you are being a contrary for the sake of being a being a contrarian. Let's look at the swastika. Now for those who don't know the swastika is an east asian religious symbol found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It comes from the Sanskrit word svastika. It means any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote auspiciousness. Now if I presented it to a Western Jewish person as a symbol for them to purchase and wear, should I say "But it doesn't really mean what it has historically meant to you" It really means "to be good" it's a good luck symbol." No CareyCarey. Because it has a particular meaning to them, despite it's original meaning that is still in currency in Asian religious thought. As Black folk we have a God given right to feel offended about anything that we perceive attacking our collective sense of personhood. It's natural. It's human nature. It's called self preservation.

  • CareyCarey | June 15, 2012 11:36 AM

    Might be better to use this link.. google this--> youtu.be/qhapqcbLm2k

  • James | June 14, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    I tried the facebook page and it has been removed and I looked online and tried to find reference to these shoes and could not find anything. There are Roundhouse Mids, but not this particular shoe. Maybe someone in the company came to their senses and eliminated them before they hit the market as they are horrific or they were someone's idea of a bad joke.

  • the black police | June 14, 2012 9:13 PMReply

    It doesnt even look good.

  • Ghost | June 14, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    So what NBA player will be sporting these?

  • JMac | June 14, 2012 8:48 PMReply

    Oh, hellllll naww!

  • BluTopaz | June 14, 2012 5:15 PMReply

    Filing this under Stereotypes I Can't Even Dispute. And there will be people coordinating these with their outfits. My eyes are burning already.

  • Ted | June 14, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    I think the most important observation here is that you will look like a fucking idiot wearing those.

  • Jug | June 14, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    The Worst. :-(

  • Laura | June 14, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    GTFO. The sad thing is I could see a lot of our kids (and grown ass folks) seeking out and buying those 'kicks' and then get indignant because those "who still got the sense God gave us" are offended by the sneakers. I am totally floored.

  • LeonRaymond | June 14, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Not surprised, and they will sell off the hook in Black Neighborhoods, which is sad, was it Dept Of Agriculture Head Earl Butts, who once said all Negroes want is a Warm Toilet, Fried Chicken, and Loose Sneakers, and so much then for Stereotypes!

  • kimela | June 15, 2012 7:54 PM

    What KKK neighborhood are you part of? Ignorant...NOT SURPRISED!

  • Jeremy | June 14, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    I love adidas sneakers. but i dont love them this much, this was a silly idea. or, then again, it's sort of poetic. how many folks out there are slaves to their belongings? Eamonn Walker as Howlin Wolf in Cadillac Records comes to mind when he tells Muddy Waters why he opts for his old beat up truck rather than a trophy cadillac that the other musicians' hits had won them.

    "This truck? I own it. It don't own me."

  • aswilliams | June 14, 2012 4:39 PMReply

    This is where we come to as society and as a race to see this being advertised to our youth and being sold to them not knowing the real meaning behind these pair of shoes. This really saddens and I feel disgusted that they have to sell these pair of sneakers to our community wanting to have large lines of folks buying this filth. Where are our leaders protesting about this to get these sneakers from being sold on the market into the feet of our people.

  • Man-Over-Bored | June 14, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    Please tell me this is from an "Onion" article.

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