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Luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana isn’t new to claims of cultural appropriation, but their latest fumble has reached a devastating new low.

The brand is facing scrutiny after a brightly colored sandal titled, “Slave Sandal in Napa Leather with Pompoms” popped up on their website on Thursday. Part of their Spring 2016 collection, the $2,395 sandal is decorated with pom-poms as an ode to Italy, “told through unique clothing and accessories on an imaginary journey through the wonders of this country,” the site’s description of the shoe states. Italia is Love.”

“Slave” was an original term for lace-up shoes now known as “gladiators” (who were also considered slaves). In true fashion, Twitter erupted with criticism for the established brand:

The sandal was quietly renamed “Decorative Flat Sandal In Napa Leather With Pompoms” on Friday morning. This isn’t the first time the brand has been accused of racism. During the presentation of their Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collection in 2012, models were seen wearing racist depictions of Black women as earrings on the runway.

Are you surprised by the label’s actions? Let us know in the comment section below.

SOURCE: The Huffington Post | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform


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11 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana Under Fire For Releasing ‘Slave Sandals’

  1. redbone1954 on said:

    The sandal is ugly and anyone who would want to pay almost $2500.00 for them is crazy!!!!! But we all know someone will

  2. Linda on said:

    Weren’t these assholes called on the carpet before for some Racist shit????

    Simply hit D & G where it hurts–BOYCOTT THEIR FASHIONS/PRODUCTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fuck their guinea asses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Larry on said:

      Linda, I can say with 100% confidence, you are not their target consumer audience. Go ahead and boycott all you want.

  3. Kimboo on said:

    D&G are only trying to keep their name relevant by using, and naming their fashion shocking names. Now people are talking about them, and bad press is equal to good press. Trust me, their stocks must have been trending down, lol. Your not going to see this on the everyday person, but these actors, rappers, singers, philanthropist will support them.

  4. Most of these designers don’t design for blacks anyway some probably don’t want us buying their products. Yet we go into debt buying their stuff. Blacks get very little respect. They use our style and fashion sense but don’t expect respect.

  5. Honestly on said:

    You cave n!@@ers need get over yourselves. Why don’t these two ginny n!@@ers produce hitler garments called SS chic, let’s see how far they would get with that. You neanderthal apes don’t insult the Nubian community and then have the arrogance to tell us we don’t have the right to be offended. You monsters, freaks and savages should have never ever been let out of the caves of Europe.

  6. MacBen on said:

    We really need to get over ourselves. Every race of people has been enslaved…some for thousands of years yet you negroes just won’t let it go! You got no problem driving the white man’s cadillacs and benzes, fornicating with his women or putting blue and green contacts in your heads… but let an italian make a period sandal and mufuckas go beserk!👀

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