Swastika Boots Recalled by US Company After Image Goes Viral

Updated: January 15, 2017
Swastika Boots Recalled by US Company After Image Goes Viral

Boots Recalled After Man Discovers They Leave Swastika-Shaped Prints.

A Redditor’s shocking post over the imprint left by his new work boots has led to the item’s recall.

Conal International Trading Inc., a City of Industry shoe distributor, recalled the product immediately upon seeing the image and issued a public letter of apology.

“This was in no way intentional,” the company said Thursday. “It was an obvious mistake made by our manufacturers in China. We never intended to have any swastikas design on our shoes.”

There were some facets of the boot that made some on Reddit question that its design was a mistake. They pointed out that the boots were specifically branded as “military combat” boots, and that they were part of a line called “Polar Fox,” which is the name of a covert World War II operation in which German and Finnish soldiers took Salla, Finland, from the USSR. However, the German name, Operation Polarfuchs, is also translated as “Arctic Fox,” and a mission carried out just before it was dubbed “Platinum Fox.”

The company that manufactures the boots was also clear in their rejection of hatred.

“We are recalling all shoes immediately. We will not be selling any of our boots with the misprint to anyone,” it said. “We would never create a design to promote hate. We don’t promote hate at our company.”

That didn’t stop neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer from advertising them as the “perfect footwear for Nazis.”

Redditors – as they are wont to do – took the puns to another level, making a sport out of the egregious error in the comments section of the original post, as well as on Amazon, where the listing for the boots is now unavailable.

“Very comfortable. Nein out of ten,” wrote one.