Singer Masika Kalysha broached the topic on social media, calling for Katy to explain herself.
While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ.
The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes.
"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared. The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup. How the page for Katy Perry's "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" looked at one point on Dillard's website Monday afternoon.
Retailers have pulled shoes from singer Katy Perry's namesake brand after they came under fire for resembling blackface.
Celebrated fashion designer Dapper Dan took to Twitter yesterday to express his concerns regarding certain designs from Gucci. He revealed he would be having a meeting in Harlem, N.Y., with Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri to discuss the situation.
Perry has not publicly commented on the shoes being removed from shelves.