Despite earlier reports that the New York-based sneaker store chain would sell Yeezys, Foot Locker will abstain from selling any Ye-designed product as the retailer is scared of backlash, according to Complex.
After Adidas terminated its partnership with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, due to antics and anti-semitic remarks, Foot Locker was one of the first to issue a statement and pull Yeezys off the floor.
“Foot Locker, Inc. does not tolerate any form of anti-semitism, or hateful and discriminatory behavior,” the brand stated on October 25, 2022. “While we remain a partner with adidas and carry a wide assortment of their collections — we will not be supporting any future Yeezy product drops, and we have instructed our retail operators to pull any existing product from our shelves and digital sites.”
In May, Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden announced that existing Yeey inventory would be sold off with proceeds going toward charities and organizations that stand against hate and anti-semitism. In July, the first round of Yeezy restocks took place, amounting to $437 million in revenue. In early August, more Adidas Yeezys were sold through Adidas’ Confirmed app and select global retailers.
On an earnings call, Gulden stated that while Adidas can legally produce and sell more Yeezys, it will only sell its remaining inventory.
Some of the recent pairs included #IStandUpToJewishHate pins.
Nice Kicks has reached out to Foot Locker for a statement.
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