One day after fans of the “Alien” movie franchise celebrated Alien Day, things are taking a negative turn.
On Tuesday, Reebok released the Alien Stomper sneakers worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley in the 1986 movie “Aliens.” The sneakers were released at noon EDT on Reebok.com and sold for $175, but Reebok experienced a surge of traffic to its website that caused many customers to experience major delays in purchasing a pair. Reebok took to Twitter, asking fans to bear with them as the company handled the issue. Still, many were left empty-handed when the shoes sold out in less than an hour.
On top of those issues, Reebok, as well as Twentieth Century Fox (the movie studio behind the “Alien” franchise), are facing backlash from fans who complained that the shoes were only offered in men’s sizes — despite the fact that a woman wore them in the movie.
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Dan Mazei, head of Reebok’s global newsroom, told USA Today that the shoes were produced in sizes 3.5-12, which is a typical range for unisex sizing, although sizing varied by market.
Reebok is also offering customers a chance to bid on a pair of the sneakers, with proceeds benefitting Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes shoes and clothes to communities in need around the world.