An employee works next to shoes on display inside the flagship store of sports-goods giant Nike in Shanghai on March 16, 2017.
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Nike halted the sale of sports shoes in China after its Japanese designer showed support for Hong Kong protests in an Instagram post, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. are designed by Undercover, the brand of Japanese designer Jun Takahashi, according to the report. Several Chinese retailers with their shoes from sale without explanation, the FT. That post reportedly attracted backlash from Chinese social media users.
Undercover deleted the post, saying it was an "individual opinion" that was put up by mistake, the newspaper said. The designer and Nike didn't immediately reply to CNBC's request for comment.