American swimmer Ryan Lochte gave his doubters a mouthful to swallow when he won two gold medals at last week’s FINA World Championships, but his increasingly questionable footwear choices did little to quell style critics. Before the races, Lochte posted a photo to Instagram of the sneakers he planned to rock that day–a pair of Adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott hi-tops featuring fuzzy baseball cap-wearing teddy bears. Oh, Ryan.
Adidas has yanked plans to release its JS Roundhouse Mids after critics said its shackle-like ankle cuff was offensive and a symbol of slavery. The high-top sneaker with its orange plastic cuff, part of the brand’s ongoing collaboration with conceptual fashion designer Jeremy Scott, is reportedly simply a shoe-torial interpretation of the late-’80s “My Pet Monster” toy (same color scheme, same cuffs) but to many it screams slavery and prison.