‘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.
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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.”
— Charles Manning (@CharlesEManning) March 3, 2016
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.
— Alaina (@thunderscout) March 16, 2015