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Katy Perry is "saddened" about the controversy surrounding her "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals". Both designs featured blue eyes, a gold triangular nose, and bright red lips.

"Regarding Katy Perry's shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/racist.it probably is".

Perry insists on her Katy Perry Collections website that the collection is "Designed 100% by Katy Perry".

Perry, along with Global Brands Group, say they were "saddened" upon learning of the backlash to their fashion line, and confirmed the shoes were removed from sale.

The shoes that offended some people were part of a Katy Perry Collection launched last summer which was sold in United States stores such as Dillard's and Walmart. Gucci recently pulled a black $890 turtleneck from their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection featuring large red lips from their inventory after some commented that the sweater heavily resembled blackface, and has since apologized.

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Perry's sources say the shoes were part of a line of shoes that she designed and were never meant to be offensive. "Our intention was never to inflict any pain".

Perry's is the latest company to withdraw products after they were compared to blackface. "We have immediately removed them".

Some people highlighted that the shoes are offensive - period - but that the collection is especially tone-deaf during Black History Month.

However, many people on social media thought it was unfair to compare the shoes to blackface - with some arguing the shoes are offensively ugly more than anything.