Katy Perry’s shoe label accused of ‘blackface’

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” a source for Perry's brand stated

Katy Perry performs during Byron Allen's Oscar Gala Viewing Party to Support The Children's Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

In the latest example of fashion stumbling over styles that resemble racist imagery, Katy Perry's shoe label pulled two potentially problematic pairs Monday from its online site, although they are still available at some major retailers.

Retailers have pulled shoes from singer Katy Perry's namesake brand after they came under fire for resembling blackface.

Social media criticized the shoes.

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There is a pink one called "Rue Face Slip On Loafers", and a high-heeled variant called "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal".

Although the shoes come in two colors, black and beige, only their black counterparts have drawn criticism due to their resemblance to classic blackface makeup. "Can we just make this a thing".

While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ. HuffPost reached out to Perry, her brand and Dillard's for comment but did not receive an immediate response. The black model could be construed to look like someone wearing blackface.

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