It seems like everyone has something to say today about Jeremy Scott’s JS Roundhouse Mid high tops for Addidas. Scott always been known as a style extremist, so I was quite intrigued that people took this particular style to heart. As you can see the trainers have been designed to include an imitation of an ankle cuff, historically a symbol of slavery…and several other things.
I can fully understand why the historical content of an ankle cuff would resonate uproar for some, however ankle cuffs have been used for several other methods such as bonding and farming lol. In my opinion it’s obvious that the style is nothing more than a wild, tongue and cheek take on fashion. A designer who is highly rated amongst the lives of Rhianna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim and Ciara (but to name a few) is hardly bound to suddenly go Willy Lynch, with a contract from Addidas on his back.
Who knows, maybe I am just too liberal, but I don’t seen how Ni**as in Paris can reach the top of the Billboard, whilst a pair of trainers with a bondage imitation seems to have crossed the line. Sounds like a double standard to me. Admittedly, I am not the trainer type, but they are funky and fierce, and frankly this slavery trainer talk needs to be put to rest.
- Adidas criticized for ‘shackles’ sneakers, denies link to slavery (thelook.today.msnbc.msn.com)
- The Actual Inspiration for Jeremy Scott’s Not-’Racist’ Adidas Sneakers: My Pet Monster (observer.com)