Katy Perry's ‘blackface’ shoes to be pulled from shelves after outcry

Katy Perry's ‘blackface’ shoes to be pulled from shelves after outcry

The Katy Perry Collections label no longer features either the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website.

Singer-apparently-designer Katy Perry is facing scrutiny from the social media masses after her brand released a pair of black sandals featuring eyes and large red lips along the top.

At the time, the shoes were called "disrespectful" and "racist", with many mentioning the "blackface" connotations.

The label also is sold at retailers such as Macy's, Zappos and Amazon but the shoes in question are not now available on their websites. See the shoes below.

Social media criticized the shoes. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

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"Our intention was never to inflict any pain".

The shoes are available at major retailers such as Dillards, Forever 21 and Lord & Taylor. According to Gucci, the top was "immediately removed" from its website and all physical stores.

The Italian luxury brand apologized for its "wool balaclava jumper", which pulls up over the nose and includes a cutout for the mouth with oversized red lips.

Historically, blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used by black people playing white people. "Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong". Gucci pulled the sweater and issued an apology on Twitter.

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