The sandals and loafers, which are black and feature large red lips and eyes, were removed from retailers. The Katy Perry Collection also sold the shoe in a nude color.
“In order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” a spokesperson for the collection told TMZ.
The company’s decision to remove the shoes comes after Italian luxury brand Gucci faced backlash last week for a sweater that many said resembled blackface.
The label apologized, saying, “We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.