A few easily offended tweeters have been 'outraged' by the Italian designer label Dolce & Gabbana after a pair of shoes were listed as slave sandals on their website.
The colourful pom-pom flats are part of the brand's new Spring-Summer 2016 collection.
But a few easily offended tweeters were 'outraged' and claimed the company were racist and accused them of glorifying slavery .
One commentator whinged:
Did slaves even wear shoes let alone sandals for D&G to be selling a 'slave sandal for $2,300?
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However Tim Blanks, an editor at large at The Business of Fashion, explained to the New York Times:
That term was quite common in the industry at one time, especially at the height of the Hollywood biblical epics, the likes of Ben Hur and Spartacus, and people do still use it today.
I think they just were carrying over a lot from that era into the collection and got swept away, he added. Although I'm surprised it wasn't picked up sooner as something that might be inflammatory in this day and age. Although it's not as if the term
'gladiator sanda' as an alternative is really that much better.'
The sandals were later renamed on the retailer's website to decorative flat sandal in Napa leather with pompoms .