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Beyoncé may be one of the top-selling performers of our time but her latest move isn’t likely to win her points with animal lovers. According to a blog post by Perfectly Made Kicks on Monday, the “Crazy in Love” singer “summoned” the footwear design house to customize a pair of Isabel Marant sneakers—dubbed the “King Bey”—using an array of exotic animal skins, including calf hair, anaconda, stingray, crocodile, and ostrich. Inspired by Beyoncé’s “sweet and fierce persona,” PMK plied the multi-textured wedges with white-on-white tones, gold-stitched details, and a “hybrid of land and sea skins” it provocatively refers to as the “Eden treatment.”

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CRUEL KICKS

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as you can imagine, isn’t a fan of the result. The animal-rights group has since decried the “high price” paid by the various animals used in the shoes’ construction.

PETA has decried the “high price” paid by the various animals used in the shoes’ construction.

“Although most people aren’t as familiar with the types of animals (snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, and ostriches) killed for this single pair of sneakers as they are with the cats and dogs we share our homes with, these animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared and skinned alive,” a spokesperson said on Wednesday. “We hope that Beyoncé will choose to wear more clothes from her own clothing line, which features faux fur, and that one day, she’ll go completely cruelty-free.”

This isn’t the first time PMK accepted a commission from a member of the Carter family. Just last year it created a special-edition “Nike Air Force 1″ design for Beyoncé’s husband, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. The shoe was named the “Brooklyn Zoo” for the sheer number of species it required, including elephant, ostrich, boa constrictor, crocodile, python, calf, lizard, alligator, and stingray.

UPDATE | 2/28/13

In a statement to Life & Style, PMK CEO, Andre Scott, said that “no animals were beaten, harmed, or killed in the development and crafting of the ‘King Bey’ sneaker.” He added: “The exotic skins used to construct the ‘King Bey’ sneaker were at the sole direction of PMK and are not in association with any decisions, requests, or opinions of Beyoncé and her affiliated parties. All leather and exotic skins used by PMK are from a legal supplier in New York.”

UPDATE | 3/5/13

PETA responded by sending a Scott a cease-and-desist letter demanding that the company stop issuing false and misleading statements to customers or face legal action. “The company started marketing the shoes on its website, and, incredibly, told consumers that “no animals were beaten, harmed, or killed” for the shoes,” wrote Michelle Kretzer on the group’s blog. “I think the five different species of animals who were most certainly beaten, harmed, and killed for the shoes would beg to differ.”

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[Via the Daily Mail]

11 Responses to “Beyoncé Orders Custom Trainers Made of Anaconda, Stingray, Ostrich”

  1. brulee says:

    This is an absolute disgrace, someone like this could use their image to stop the cruelty (often skinning alive)and extinction of species rather than furthering it, so much for ‘my moma taught me better than that!’

  2. ah says:

    This is such a vulgar,selfish act for someone that has everything!

  3. bukaroooo says:

    Now that PETA is involved I now want a pair of those sneakers. And I will buy Beyonce’s latest cd.

  4. franklanguage (@franklanguage) says:

    My gut reaction: “Wow, they’re ugly!” What a waste.

  5. virtiSane says:

    Wow. What a supreme waste of money, time and intelligence. Clearly shows a person beyond caring.

  6. nomadlizard says:

    While I hate the mass-murder caused by the creation of these shoes, the argument loses all credibility as soon as PETA gets involved. They love to embellish, lie, and make fools of us all and I just can’t get behind anything they say. Sorry.

  7. fofol says:

    Horrible shoes, besides they have killed animals to do them I hate them ¡¡¡

  8. old woman says:

    PETA kills animals every year. They are nothing but a way to make money off of people. They do not help any animal shelters, but spends BILLIONS on bullshit commercials and stunts. You want to help, donate to you local no kill shelters.

  9. philc says:

    Get off the PETA bashing wagon. Lots of groups that defend animal rights kill animals. That isn’t the point and someone needs to stand up and say something. I wonder if she witnessed the full process that created her shoes. Sad that Byonce doesn’t have more compassionate views but it will be an even worse tragedy if her fans blindly follow her lead. I mean really they are shoes, what inner need does custom animal skin shoes fulfill? I don’t get it.

  10. givy says:

    hmmm… first, ewe, those are gawd-awful ugly shoes!

    Second, lost all respect for Beyonce, cuz it’s a heartless, selfish, & unnecessary deed to kill the animals for a needless fashion accessory for shoes.

    Third, the intent makes all the difference. For example…animals killed for food like cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, etc. is sad indeed, but understandably necessary.

    But killing to flash-up ugly shoes to make them even uglier, takes the cake… Whoever came up with this morally-insane idea should be behind bars & labelled a dangerous offender, cuz this nut-jobs obviously has no sense of right and wrong (morally or with fashion).

    Two thumbs down!!!

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