Dolce & Gabbana have made yet another fashion faux pas.
The high-end designers recently listed a pair of ‘Slave Sandals‘ on their website, ironically complete with a whopping price tag of $2,395.
The shoes were released as part of the brand’s 2016 spring collection, which they note was inspired by their Italian heritage.
According to the company’s e-commerce site, the “Slave Sandal” is made with Napa leather and features “Sicilian cartwheel appliqués, such as multicoloured pompoms, mirrors, gold passementerie, crystals and metal filigree elements.” You know, things completely detached from the reality of slavery.
This raises so many questions. Most importantly, what the hell were they thinking?
But this isn’t the first time the designers have come under fire for doing something that is jaw-droppingly offensive. In the past, the line had advertisements that showed simulated gang rape. The designers have also shared their controversial views about same-sex families, and called IVF babies ‘synthetic’.
Unsurprisingly, a number of people saw the advertisement for the “Slave Sandal” online and didn’t hold back with sharing their disbelief.
.@dolcegabbana Just wondering what possessed you to name your latest summer sandals “The Slave Sandal”? Wow.
— Strategic Comms Girl (@FlackInTheCity) March 3, 2016
The company has since changed the sandal’s name since debuting it on their website. It’s now listed as the “Decorative Flat Sandal.”