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Adidas has shelved plans to release a pair of trainers with bright orange “shackles” that fit around the wear’s ankles.

The JS Roundhouse Mids, which were set to hit shelves in August, were debuted on the Adidas Originals Facebook page on June 14.

There was an immediate backlash however, with several message boards and blogs likening the “bracelets” to the shackles worn by black slaves in 19th century America, as well as today’s prison restraints.

A sales strap for the shoes, designed by Jeremy Scott, read: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”

Over 2,000 Facebook comments were left yesterday, with many calling the design “offensive”, “ignorant”, claiming the company has “sunk to new lows” and branding the shoes “slavewear”.

Read more at The Huffington Post