The 25 Most Controversial Things That Ever Happened In Sneakers

9. Objections to the Rising Sun.

Year: 2009
Sneaker: Air Jordan XII Retro

The entire upper of the Air Jordan XII was inspired by Japan's "Rising Sun" flag, but when Jordan chose to make the influence more overt with a full-color insole, that was a step too far. Retailers in China and Korea objected, citing the flag's overtones of Japanese imperialism. The release date was pushed back so the insoles could be recalled and replaced with plain white ones. Well, most of them were anyway.

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