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The Adidas Shackle Shoes

Guaranteeing legendary collector status for the few advance samples in existence, Adidas has canceled its controversial “shackle shoes.” Jesse Solomon reports for CNN:

German sports apparel maker Adidas has withdrawn its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on its Facebook page.

The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” a caption below a photo of the sneakers read.

The June 14 post prompted plenty of criticism from around the Web, with many of those commenting saying they felt the shackle invoked the painful image of slavery.

“Wow obviously there was no one of color in the room when the marketing/product team ok’d this,” said a commenter, identifying herself as MsRodwell on nicekicks.com.

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Nike Files Patent For Back-To-The-Future Auto-Lacing Sneakers

Nike has a filed a patent for shoes that lace themselves with the press of a button, à la the pair famously worn by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future (the movie that predicted everything). Here’s hoping that they make these soon, and didn’t file the patent just to prevent anyone else from manufacturing auto-lacing sneakers. Via Engadget:


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