Katy Perry's ‘blackface’ shoes to be pulled from shelves after outcry

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Singer Katy Perry's shoe brand, Katy Perry Collections, has come under fire for designs that resemble "blackface".

Katy Perry is "saddened" about the controversy surrounding her "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals".

Shoes from Katy Perry's namesake clothing line are under scrutiny for resembling blackface.

They were also available in blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red and silver, according to a statement by Global, the company Katy Perry is in partnership with.

The singer's namesake brand faces criticism over two styles of shoes that some say feature racist imagery. She added: "I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface".

Twitter users were quick to point out how the black shoe looked similar to blackface.

They have been compared to blackface and were slammed by some on social media who said it mimicked the racist practice of light-skinned people painting their face to appear black.

Retailers Dillards and Walmart will pull the offending styles, though not the whole line, from its stores after social media backlash, the Post reported. Representatives for Katy Perry, Katy Perry Collections, Walmart, and Dillard's did not immediately respond to INSIDER's requests for comment.

Sources connected to Katy tell us these specific shoes are just part of an entire line of shoes she's designed and released ... and they were never meant to be offensive. And I'm completely sure that people would complain if the shoes didn't have a black version!

TMZ's report about Perry's shoes comes days after Gucci apologised for and pulled a balaclava sweater that people accused of looking like blackface.

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

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