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Dolce & Gabbana are in bother for naming a shoe the 'slave sandal'

Not great, guys.

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LUXURY FASHION designers Dolce & Gabbana are facing a huge backlash after naming a shoe from their new collection the ‘slave sandal’.

The €2,177 shoes were until recently listed on the brand’s website as ‘slave sandal in Napa leather with pompoms’.

According to Fashionista, ‘slave’ was once used to describe lace-up sandals – but the term ‘gladiator’ has since taken over (and for good reason).

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People have been calling out the fashion house on Twitter, asking just who decided this was a good name for a product:

The brand has not commented on the backlash but, as of this morning, the description for the shoe online has been changed to read ‘decorative flat sandal’.

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And it isn’t the first time the designers have courted controversy – back in 2012, D&G sent white models down the runway in designs that used racially insensitive Blackamoor imagery.

More recently, they came under fire for saying they opposed IVF and ‘gay adoptions’, leading Elton John to boycott the brand.

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