Sunday, January 15, 2017

Incorrect boot

A California shoe company has apologised and recalled a boot after a customer realised the sole's tread left behind swastika imprints.

The boot, made by Conal International Trading Inc, went viral after a Reddit user posted a photo of it leaving behind a swastika print.  "There was an angle I didn't get to see when ordering my new work boots," the post read.

Conal has since pulled the boot and issued an apology, saying the design was "not intentional" and "a mistake" by manufacturers in China.

"We were informed recently the company imported boots that have an offensive symbol designed on them," the company said.

"There was never any intention to include any offensive designs on the products we import."

Conal said it did "not promote hate or discrimination of any kind" and was investigating what had gone wrong.

The Reddit post, which has been viewed more than 3 million times, sparked a flurry of jokes on social media.

On Amazon, where the boots were sold before being pulled by the company, users left reviews describing the boots as "good for marching into Poland, but not so much for anything else", and rating them a "nein out of ten".

Other Reddit users pointed out the boot style shared its name — Polar Fox — with that of the codename for a German and Finnish military operation in World War II.



Anonymous said...

Somebody in design was not paying attention or was stupid.

Bird of Paradise said...

Who gives a hat damn about bootprints Its just theres too many out there looking for something to whine about

Anonymous said...

But the reviewers had fun and left great comments loaded with humor which means they didn't take it that seriously and that's a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's me, but the boot shown and the print don't seem to match. The boot doesn't have that inverted horseshoe shape that appears on the image at the right.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Just how many yards can you kick a snowflake

Use the Name, Luke said...

I guess the designer of that sole has been given the boot!

Anonymous said...

The Nazis adopted an ancient symbol used in Indian and other middle eastern religions and now it cannot be utilized because of that connotation. By banning and protesting you keep the Nazi plague alive rather than letting it go. Atrocities as big as the nazis have been perpetrated many times in history and humans never seem to learn from them.