The shoes have since been removed from Dillards and Walmart. 

Katy Perry has reportedly been forced to remove two styles from her eponymous shoe collection following allegations of 'blackface' concerns. 

According to TMZ, the singer-come-designer decided to remove the Ora Face Block Heel and the Rue Face Slip-On Loafers (each priced at $129) from retailers after members of the public issued complaints regarding the shoes' likeness to 'blackface'.

Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes.

The practice – which is often associated with the Jim Crow era – is widely considered offensive and disrespectful in the Western world.

A source told TMZ that Perry never intended the shoes to be offensive or racist, but decided to pull them "in order to be respectful and sensitive."

The news comes just a week after Gucci came under fire for a similar scandal – selling an $890 sweater with large red lips that also resembled the derogatory blackface makeup.

The fashion brand has since issued an apology for the mask and removed the product from shelves. 

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