INSIDE EDITION - A Redditor's shocking post over the imprint left by his new work boots has led to the item's recall. The imprint resembles several little swastikas.
"There was an angle I didn't get to see when ordering my new work boots..." deadpanned the Reddit user along with a side-by-side photo of the boot's underside and the imprint left behind on concrete when it's wet.
The tread itself is mostly nondescript. However, the image it leaves behind is not.
"They leave distinct swastika marks on the ground when used," wrote one Amazon reviewer.
onal International Trading Inc. in the City of Industry, California, is the company that sells the boot, called the Polar Fox. The company says it is recalling the boot, saying the design was not intentional. However, the boot was still available in several styles — including those with the questionable tread — as of early Thursday.
The company issued the following letter regarding the product:
To our customers and the public:
At Conal International Trading, Inc., we strive to bring high-quality shoes that provides the best experience and comfort possible to our customers. We were informed recently the company imported boots that has an offensive symbol designed on them. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and the public. The boots have been recalled and we have stopped selling the item.
We would like to issue our sincerest apologies to our customers and to anyone who was offended by the Swastika imprint that the boots left behind. The design was not intentional and was a mistake made by our manufacturers in China. There was never any intention to include any offensive designs on the products we import. We will be investigating the issue.
Conal International Trading, Inc. does not promote hate or discrimination of any kind. Again, we deeply regret that this item caused offense and apologize for the mistake.
Conal International Trading, Inc.