An illustration of the shoes by Instagram user @kawamurajumpei was shared yesterday by Stefano Gabbana, co-founder of the Italian fashion house. The shoes are covered in spikes, studs and scribbles, one of which reads “I’m thin & gorgeous.”
As reported by Yahoo Style, some of Gabbana’s followers found the message offensive.
“You don’t have to be thin to be gorgeous! You just are,” wrote @kyliethomas_aussiechick.
“You don’t think it’s a little unresponsible [sic] to push a message of ‘thin and gorgeous’?,” @anna.elisabeth.olsson commented. “I hope this will be followed by a message of inclusion of all bodies.”
However, others defended the design. “For goodness sake, get a sense of humor! Do you look for the worst in every situation?” said @debbie.rutter.
“Also it says thin AND gorgeous, as two separate things. Not thin, therefore gorgeous,” wrote @imcharlietheone. “And if you don’t like them just don’t buy ’em.”
The shoes in question are the brand’s printed leather sneakers with embellishments and have a retail price of $1,195. They are currently sold out from the brand’s website.
FN has reached out to Dolce & Gabbana for a statement.