Nike Black And Tan

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Nike Black And Tan, SPORTSWEAR company Nike has apologised after issuing a St Patrick’s Day-themed training shoe that stirred memories of a British paramilitary unit notorious for terrorising Ireland in the 1920s war of independence.

The $90 ($A85) limited edition ”black and tan” trainers were put on sale in the US in time for this weekend’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Nike said it had nicknamed the ”beer-themed” SB Dunk Low shoe the Black and Tan because its colours were reminiscent of a pint of Guinness mixed with Harp pale ale. Irish Americans protested that the name evoked memories of the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, known as the Black and Tans for their makeshift uniforms, which carried out a brutal oppression between 1920 and 1921.

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