Leaving a trail of swastikas in their wake is generally not a goal of consumers, which is why a California company is pulling a version of its "military combat boots" from stores. In a post viewed more than 3 million times, a Reddit user described receiving his Polar Fox boots from Conal International Trading Inc., only to discover that they left a trail of swastikas in his footprints thanks to some oddly shaped tread, something "I didn't get to see when ordering my new work boots," the man wrote, per the Raleigh News & Observer.
Users commented that the boots "weren't the reich size" and were "good for marching into Poland" but not much else. A German magazine also observed that, strangely, Polar Fox was the name given to a German operation to take a Soviet town during World War II. In a statement, Conal International calls the design "an obvious mistake made by our manufacturers in China" and says the boots will be removed from shelves. They have already been scrubbed from Amazon, per the Los Angeles Times. (Read more swastikas stories.)