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Beyonce, PETA: ‘King Bey’ Sneakers Have Singer Under Fire

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Beyonce has come under fire from PETA over her King Bey sneakers, which are made from crocodile and anaconda skins, stingray, ostrich and calf hair, and reportedly retail for $5,500.

While the singer hasn’t been spotted yet in the King Bey sneakers, she’s reportedly a big fan of French designer Isabel Marant, and has had Perfectly Made Kicks custom make them in the style of the popular sneaker wedge she’s often seen wearing.

“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,” PETA says in a statement. “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.”

Perfectly Made Kicks isn’t taking the criticism sitting down, though.

“No animals were beaten, harmed, or killed in the development and crafting of the “King Bey” sneaker,” they fired back at PETA. “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 Beyonce and her affiliated parties. All leather and exotic skins used by PMK are from a legal supplier in New York.”

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