Inspiration or appropriation: Jessica Simpson beaded dress sandals adorned with Native-style beadwork.
Entertainer turned designer Jessica Simpson has a style of high heels now listed on Macy’s that are described as “tribal-inspired.” The Jessica Simpson Erienne Beaded Strappy Dress Sandals are available in several colors and sports Native-themed beadwork. On the Macy’s website, the Jessica Simpson beaded dress sandals are described as:
Beaded with tribal-inspired patterns in an ultra-strappy design, Jessica Simpson’s Erienne sandals bring a splash of fantastic color and style to a fun night out.
The high heels are not the first time Simpson has used Native culture as a design statement. Back in July 2015, she posted a photo of herself wearing a Native-style headdress on Instagram. According to Yahoo News, the snap was taken at her 35th birthday celebration in St. Barts.
When she shared the photo of herself in a Plains Indians-style feather headdress with her 1.7 million Instagram followers the picture sparked a firestorm of inspiration vs. appropriation comments war on the Instagram page.
“Wearing a headdress like this is like wearing military medals and a uniform you didn’t earn,” said one commenter. “It’s racist.”
The Instagram photo still sits on Jessica Simpson’s account page.
Now she’s launched a selection of round-toe strappy heels.
The Jessica Simpson beaded dress sandals showcase beaded designs in the form of arrows, a Thunderbird and other Native-style designs.
They come in three colors, Cobalt Blue, Black and Honey Brown and are on sale for $83.30.