The buzz: Adidas' matching women's trainers ad divides opinion

Adidas made headlines after posting an image of the legs of two women wearing matching trainers on Instagram and Twitter on Valentine's Day.

The buzz: Adidas' matching women's trainers ad divides opinion

Some applauded the move while others objected to the image of the women, who appeared to be in an embrace. Adidas has won plaudits for dismissing criticism with emojis

The love you take is equal to the love you make.

@adidas never buying any of your shoes ever again.

@adidas so your shoes are only for lesbians? Fine I’m a Nike guy anyways

@adidas im getting married to my girlfriend in June and we Will wear Adidas When we dance

@adidas Your response to the haters makes me want to buy Addias forever!

@adidas I’m not gay, but i really respect when someone important like Adidas is supporting the love in anyways. Bravo Adidas! <3

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