Beyoncé commissioned a sneaker in the style of her favorite Isabel Marant sneakers that are made from 5 different animal skins. These $5,500 sneakers, “The King Bey,” for Bey by PMK!, are made from skins of snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, ostriches, and calves. Naturally, PETA isn’t psyched about this and had to say something. Of course. Here’s their statement they released,
These custom-made kicks come with a high price—and it’s paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed. 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…
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. She can always choose the cruelty-free and “green” fashion favored by compassionate, chic celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway and designers such as award-winning fashion queen Stella McCartney.
A spokesperson from PMK! (Perfectly Made Kicks) released a statement back,
No animals were beaten, harmed, or killed in the development and crafting of the “King Bey” sneaker. The exotic skins used to construct the “King Bey” sneaker were at the sole discretion 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.
Jay-Z teamed up with PMK for, “The Brooklyn Zoo,” a sneaker also made with about 5 different skins.
Daily Mail made the informative depiction of which animal went where in the photo of the sneaker above. What do you think of these sneakers?