Italian fashion giant Dolce and Gabbana have put their foot in it again, this time for calling a new shoe a “slave sandal”.

The famous fashion brand put out the shoe, emblazoned with multicoloured patterns and with pom poms.

However some quickly pointed out that the shoe, from the Spring Summer ’16 collection, available for pre-order, was named the “Slave Sandal” on D&G’s website.


Since pointed out, the brand moved quickly to change the name to “Decorative Flat Sandal”.

The sandals are also available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Moda Operandi, but were not given the ‘slave’ name there.

Costing $2,395 the shoes were given the titles “pom pom leather lace-up sandal”, and “pom pom wrap around sandal” respectively by those retailers.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – who are gay themselves – whipped up a storm in March last year when they lashed out at same-sex adoption, IVF and surrogacy, hitting out at ‘synthetic’ children of gay people.

The pair sparked a bitter feud with Sir Elton John– whose sons Zachary and Elijah were born via IVF – leading Gabbana to brand him a “fascist”.

The pair finally made peace with Sir Elton in August, when he accepted their apology for the remarks.


Later in 2015, they released a range featuring same-sex families, a move which some said was “too little too late”.

h/t Mashable.