A new style of combat boot that leaves behind a swastika imprint has been pulled from the market, according to a report in the Washington Post.
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The swastika tread was brought to the notice of the manufacturer, Conal International Trading of southern California, by a Reddit user who posted a picture of the boots alongside their swastika imprints on the Imgur image-sharing website.
The caption of the picture read: “There was an angle I didn’t get to see when ordering my new work boots.”
Conal International announced that the Polar Fox boots had been withdrawn from the market and apologized to customers in a public letter.
“This was in no way intentional,” the company said on Thursday. “It was an obvious mistake made by our manufacturers in China. We never intended to have any swastikas design on our shoes. We are recalling all shoes immediately. We will not be selling any of our boots with the misprint to anyone. We would never create a design to promote hate. We don’t promote hate at our company.”
The boots were also removed from the listing of Amazon, where they had been sold.
Nazi jokes were rife on Reddit and Amazon after the story of the swastika imprint broke. One user said he gave the boots “nein out of 10,” while another said they were “heily recommended.”
The boots were the subject of an article on the popular neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer, under the headline, “Must have: Polar Fox Boots — Perfect Footwear for Nazis!”
Polar Fox was the code name of a World War II military operation, during which German and Finnish soldiers captured Salla, Finland, from the Soviet Union.