Update: Dolce & Gabbana Renames “Slave Sandals”

After receiving backlash over one of its spring ’16 shoe styles, Dolce & Gabbana has renamed the “Slave sandal” the “Decorative Flat Sandal in Napa Leather with Pom Poms.”

While Footwear News requested comment from Dolce & Gabbana, the company has not responded since the story was first published last night.

Dolce & Gabbana Slave Sandal
Dolce & Gabbana have updated the description of the “Slave sandal.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

While the $2,395 sandal listed on the brand’s site is displaying the updated name, the spring ’16 accessories landing page still calls the shoe the “Slave sandal.”

This is not the first run-in for the brand when it comes to consumer outrage. For spring ’13, the brand released a collection using Blackamoor as inspiration for accessories. The designers also caused an outcry last year when referring to IVF children as “synthetic,” for which the pair later apologized.

Dolce & Gabbana Slave Sandal
Dolce & Gabbana landing page for e-commerce.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

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Slave sandals were at one time a description for a lace-up or gladiator style sandal in the industry. For obvious reasons, the name is now completely obsolete.

Other retailers had previously listed the style using other descriptors. Moda Operandi has titled the style the “Pom Pom Wrap Around Sandal.” Saks Fifth Avenue calls it the “Pom-Pom Leather Lace-Up Sandal.”

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