Have you ever been walking and noticed your shoes were leaving racist symbols in your footprints?
Most probably haven’t experienced such a shocking phenomenon, but one Reddit user actually did.
A Redditor posted a photo of the bottom of his Polar Fox boots with swirly designs on the soles. As it turns out, those designs looked like he was leaving swastikas in his tracks.
“There was an angle I didn’t get to see when ordering my new work boots,” he wrote in the photo’s caption.
The image went viral, garnering more than 2 million views, according to The News and Observer. It also prompted an outpouring of jokes directed at the company that sells the boots, Conal International Trading Inc.
Some of the punny remarks left in the customer review section on Amazon include, “Good for marching into Poland but not so good for much else,” and “They weren’t the Reich size.”
The company has since recalled the boots, noting that it wasn’t aware of the markings the soles made until being notified of the Reddit post.
“That was totally something that wasn’t intentional or anything like that,” the company’s e-commerce manager, Anthony Nguyen, reportedly told the Daily Mail.
“It’s something that we’re going to pull off the shelves obviously … It was obviously a design flaw.” (That was an understatement.)
In another “coincidence,” Germany’s Stern magazine pointed out a Nazi-related fact about the boot’s name, Polar Fox.
Apparently, that is also “the name of an operation carried out by the Wehrmacht of the German Reich in the Second World War: from Finnish and Norwegian soil, the goal was to conquer the port town of Murmansk against the Soviet Union,” as translated by The News & Observer.
To top it all off, the style of the shoes is described as “military combat boots.”
It seems like Conal International overlooked much more than a “design flaw.” Nevertheless, the company’s decision to recall the boots was the appropriate move.
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