Footwear brand Polar Fox has recalled a line of boots that some observers have said leaves the wrong kind of impression: The shoes stamp imprints on the ground that resemble swastikas.
According to CBS2 Los Angeles, a manager for the label’s parent company, Conal International Trading Inc., said on Wednesday that the tread’s likeness to the symbol is “unintentional and the company was not aware of the questionable design.”
Netizens reacted en masse after a Reddit user posted an image of the shoes on Monday on the popular social networking platform, calling attention to an image of the outsole and the pattern it leaves behind.
“There was an angle I didn’t get to see when ordering my new work boots…” the user captioned the photo, which attracted more than 2.6 million views and a torrent of comment from many people who agreed that it shared a resemblance to the swastika.
The shoe does not appear on Conalfootwear.com, but is currently on sale on Amazon.com.
The Polar Fox James men’s lace-up cap-toe military combat boot originally retailed for $69, but has been reduced on the Amazon marketplace for around $40.