The company apologized saying the JS Roundhouse Mid design has nothing to do with slavery
Shoe company Adidas has cancelled its new controversial sneaker before it even hit the shelves.
The JS Roundhouse Mid shoes, which feature a bright orange chain and ankle strap, came under fierce criticism with people likening the features to slave chains and prison shackles.
Adidas posted the image to Facebook on June 14, writing, "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?"
The image quickly sparked a lot of reaction with almost 4,000 people commenting on the photo.
"Horrible! Bad idea, bad taste," wrote Fernanda Jimenez.
"Sorry, but I'd rather not look like someone who just broke out of prison," wrote Aamir Ali.
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On Monday, Adidas announced it was cancelling plans to sell the sneaker.
"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," wrote the company in a statement.
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In addition to critical comments on Facebook, many people are hoping they reverse their decision and sell the shoes. Some say that they are just shoes and people shouldn't be offended.
"These are the most dopest pair of kicks," writes "Sammy FlocksofKids Sammariah" on Facebook. "This had nothing to do with being racist it's a damn shoe that's all! Any my opinion I would by them! They are tight as hell."
"It's amazing to me that a shoe, or a doll or a picture turns people into starting a crusade against a company," writes Tammy Marie Mazzullo.
Adidas also apologized if people were offended even though they said the sneakers weren't meant to be a symbol of oppression.
The Roundhouse Mid was inspired b a furry toy called My Pet Monster. "My work has always been inspired by cartoons, toys and my childhood," Scott wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
Previous collaborations between Scott and Adidas have included Mickey Mouse and panda bear sneakers.