Shoes From Katy Perry Fashion Line Dropped by Walmart Over Blackface Features

Carla Harmon
February 12, 2019

Singer Katy Perry's shoe brand, Katy Perry Collections, has come under fire for designs that resemble "blackface". The shoes also came in beige.

The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes.


It is unclear if Dillard's made the call to pull the shoes or if it was Perry's brand. The label also is sold at retailers such as Macy's, Zappos and Amazon but the shoes in question are not now available on their websites.

According to TMZ, sources connected to the "Roar" singer insist the shoes were never meant to be offensive, but are simply part of a larger collection.


The singer was called out on the black styles over their similarity to blackface, a racist practice in which white people darkened their skin to represent caricatures of black people. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the source added.

"Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE", wrote one Twitter user.


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