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

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

The designs are the latest in a series of controversial items of clothing to be criticised for allegedly using the red-lipped Sambo caricature that has always been regarded as racist.

The shoes are available at major retailers such as Dillards, Forever 21 and Lord & Taylor.

The "face" shoes have two eyes, a nose and red lips on them, and they come in two different colors - black and beige.

The black version specifically resembles historical blackface makeup.

As the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's blackface photo continues to grow, some items from Katy Perry's fashion line are being yanked from retailers due to their unfortunate resemblance to blackface performers from a minstrel show.

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Others sarcastically remarked that the shoes would go well with a black Gucci sweater that also evoked blackface.

Perry has since apologised for the offending shoes, issuing a joint statement together with Global Brands Group to PEOPLE. In December, Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips.

The sandal and the loafer were temporarily available on the Dillard's website. Dillard's has not responded to CNN's request for comment.

Following the backlash, the shoes were pulled out from the stores.

The company has not responded to CNN's question about whether they were sold on its website.

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