Dolce& Gabbana Sells ‘Slave Sandals’ On Its Website

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You’d think they’d have learned their lesson by now.

From using exploitative earrings depicting African girls to Asian catwalk models representing “tourists who have just arrived in Italy, ” Dolce& Gabbana is no stranger to criticisms of racism.

The Italian brand has come under fire yet again this week, this time over a “Slave Sandal.”

While Slave was once a common name for lace-up sandals, gladiator, has now largely replaced that word in fashion circles.

The “Slave Sandal in Napa Leather with Pompoms” lately became available for pre-order on the Dolce& Gabbana website for $2,395. The brand features the sandals in its springtime 2016 collecting, which it describes as “a declaration of love to Italy.”

“Slave” was once a common name for lace-up sandals, according to the shoe publication Footwear News. The word “gladiator, ” however, has largely replaced that word in fashion circles.

Social media erupted this week with shock and horror at Dolce& Gabbana’s choice of shoe moniker.

It seems the brand noticed the dispute. As of early Friday, the website’s description of the sandals has changed significantly.

It now refers to the shoes as the “Decorative Flat Sandal.”

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