Dolce & Gabbana ‘Slave Sandals’ for Sale $2,395

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‘Slave Sandals’ for Sale $2,395 by Dolce & Gabbana –

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

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

According to Cosmopolitan, Saks Fifth Avenue is also selling the shoe, although they chose to remove the term “slave” from its description, instead calling it a “Pom-Pom Leather Lace-Up Sandal.” Moda Operandi was selling the shoe as a “Pom Pom Wrap Around Sandal,” according to Footwear News, but appears to have removed it from the site.

Fashionista points out that on Dolce & Gabbana’s own site, though the shoe is called the “Slave Sandal,” it’s referred to as the “Bianca” in the description section — with no mention of “slave.” Fashionista offers Dolce the benefit of the doubt, supposing that all this “slave” talk is little more than a “techno glitch.”

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.

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