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• Adidas pissed off a lot of black people after revealing plans to sell these orange shackle-adorned sneakers.
Dr. Boyce Watkins expressed his disappoval for the kicks in a piece for Your Black World: “Shackles. The stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable. Most of which were never documented in the history books and kept away from you in the educational system, all so you’d be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it.” Meh, I’m less concerned about the percieved offensiveness of the shoes than I am about the one of the photos accompanging the Daily Mail article. It’s a drawing of shackled slaves next to modern-day shackled inmates, all of whom happen to be black. How far have we come in 400 years again? Anyhow, do you find the shoes offensive? (Daily Mail)
• Australian designer Dion Lee has once again tapped Kanye West to design shoes for his Resort 2013 collection. The tie-up pumps look almost identical to the Nicholas Kirkwood-esque heels he created for Lee’s Fall 2012 offerings. (Styleite)
• Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will award Sarah Burton with the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to British fashion, and general awesomeness. (Telegraph)
• If you needed a pair of impractical shoes for your next scuba diving adventure, Christian Louboutin‘s got you covered with these Snorkeling 100 neoprene booties. Get them for $895 at Shopbop. (SHEFinds)
• Azealia Banks takes us behind the scenes of her video for Liquorice. I’m loving director Rankin‘s reaction to her flawless performance towards the end of the clip. “YAAAS,” he screams, “lovin’ it,” articulating how I felt each of the 20 times I watched the video this weekend. (noisey)
• Hermès and the French police just busted a multi million dollar counterfeiting ring which knocked off about $22 million worth of Hermès wares with the help of the brand’s mployees. Said Hermès, “This operation concludes a one-year investigation following an Hermes complaint based on clues and abnormal behavior identified through the house’s internal monitoring systems.” I guess that employee discount wasn’t enough to justify purchasing one of those exorbiantly priced Birkin bags! (Fashionista)