Perry posted a photo of the shoes to her Instagram back in August 2018 and received backlash in the comments at that time.
In the latest example of fashion stumbling over styles that resemble racist imagery, Katy Perry's shoe label pulled two potentially problematic pairs Monday from its online site, although they are still available at some major retailers.
The features on both include two blue eyes, a beige colored nose and large red lips.
The black version of this design has been attacked on social media for harkening to the racist tradition of blackface, which is a theatrical tradition of actors wearing black makeup in order to create stereotypically racist depictions of black people.
According to TMZ, sources connected to the "Roar" singer insist the shoes were never meant to be offensive, but are simply part of a larger collection.
Katy Perry's Rue Face slip-on loafers.
Fashion designer Dapper Dan released a statement on Gucci and Prada's previous Blackface designs, calling out the brands who need to hold responsibility for their offensive designs. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.