- The Washington Times - Monday, September 9, 2013

The Twitterverse exploded last week after American clothing designer Kenneth Cole used the crisis in Syria to tweet about shoes.

“‘Boots on the ground’ or not, let’s not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers. #Footwear,” Mr. Cole tweeted to his 57,000 followers on Thursday.

“Mocking war to sell fashion? Really?” one Twitter user responded.

“Not cool OR socially responsible,” another said.

Mr. Cole responded to the backlash in an Instagram video, saying he has always used his platform to “provoke dialogue on important issues.”

“I’m well aware of the risks that come with this approach and if this encourages further awareness and discussion about critical issues, then all the better,” he said in the video, which was posted Thursday.