Bish What? Dolce & Gabbana Is Selling 'Slave Sandals'


Bish What? Dolce & Gabbana Is Selling 'Slave Sandals'

This isn't the first time the brand has made cultural missteps.

Published March 5, 2016

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is under fire — again — for it's culturally insensitive  marketing. The high-end brand has come under fire again over a new style of shoe that the company has named the “Slave Sandal.”

The “Slave Sandal in Napa Leather with Pompoms” is being sold for $2,395, and is available for pre-order on the company’s website. The sandals were also featured in D&G’s spring 2016 collection, calling them “a declaration of love to Italy.” While “Slave” was once an acceptable name for lace-up sandals, the term “gladiator,” has since replaced it.

Dolce & Gabbana is stranger to backlash following a release of a new product. Several years ago, the company sparked anger over earrings that looked like Blackamoors. The company is once again feeling the heat on social media for the latest release:

Dolce & Gabbana has yet to apologize for either the name or the design, which one Twitter user called, “a tragic accident between some craft materials and hot glue gun.”


Written by Evelyn Diaz


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