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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 14, 2012 at 4:20PM

I normally wouldn't post an item like this, but this one I just couldn't pass up for what should be obvious reasons.
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Adidas Jailers

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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