Macklemore was recently given the chance to help design his own pair of Jordans due to a collaboration with the company and unveiled the shoes at the Jordan Brand Classic, where he performed last week. The singer subsequently showed off the new kicks on Instagram, noting how proud he was to have had the chance to be a part of such an iconic label; however, the pink shoes weren’t such a hit with his fans, and many took to Twitter to talk about them.
The shoes, called the “Northwest King Salmon”, were specifically colored for the entertainer as a tribute to his hometown of Seattle. And while the sentiment is nice, the hue is an acquired taste for many.
“I’m proud to announce the unveiling of my “Northwest King Salmon” Melo’s. Courtesy of @jumpman23 and myself. Never dreamed I’d have an opportunity like this,” Macklemore wrote on Instagram.
Sports sites are calling the shoes “the ugliest” ever made, and they aren’t getting such hot feedback on social media, either.
These Macklemore Jordans look like someone put a pair of 9's and Sketchers in a Nutribullet.
— Prim Reaper (@kraaawse) April 22, 2014
Reason 739 why Macklemore is a douche nozzle, these are his new signature Jordans. pic.twitter.com/MRIi93Rkaq
— Dane Kester (@DanyeKest) April 22, 2014
if i catch any of my friends wearing the new Macklemore Jordans i will proceed to slap you out of them.
— dookie (@dookietrance) April 22, 2014
Macklemore hasn’t commented on the backlash so far, but it’s doubtful that he’ll care much. The rapper has used his music to vent about injustices, but he’s also an outspoken advocate for gay rights and human rights…and has spoken out against bullying. During last year’s American Music Awards–for which he and Ryan Lewis were nominated six times–he used his acceptance speech to talk about Trayvon Martin and racial profiling.
“Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids who are dying each year due to racial profiling and the violence that follows,” Macklemore said. “These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”
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