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Converse Back Tracks On Hendrix Sneaker

Converse has elected to withdraw one of the Jimi Hendrix model sneakers the company recently introduced after a Hindu woman voiced her objection to the inclusion of Hindu deities in the design. A company statement expressed regret for the 'unintentional offence' in announcing that it was taking steps to 'immediately discontinue the sales of the Hendrix/Axis shoes'.  A Texas woman was apparently the first one to contact the company about the issue.  A reply to her e-mail apologized for offending her, calling the oversight an unintended mistake.  Artwork on that particular model came from the cover art used on the 1967 Axis Bold As Love album by Hendrix.
Discontinued clothing often gets donated to charities for distribution to the poor in countries around the world.  Not these.  The recall does make anyone who grabbed a pair before they were removed from store shelves and online retailers the owner of a rare pair of footwear. Just don't expect EBay to be willing to display them.


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