Acne Studios Pulls Shoes Amid Controversy | Footwear News – Footwear News


Acne Studios presents its spring ’17 collection in Paris in October 2016.

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Stockholm-based fashion brand Acne Studios has found itself in some hot water since last week.

Online magazine Vice noticed that a pair of Acne’s pre-fall ’16 sandals bore a close resemblance to a pair of sandals from The Shoe That Grows, a nonprofit organization that created a sandal design that adjusts over the years for growing children. Founder Kenton Lee came up with the idea after working at an orphanage in Kenya, where many children go without shoes.

The Shoe That Grows’ sandal has been around since 2013, ahead of when Acne would have been designing for its pre-fall ’16 collection. The sandals are expandable so that children don’t need to buy new shoes every time they grow, and they feature button closures on the sides.


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