London - Frankly, they look like a reasonably ordinary pair of white trainers. But try telling that to Beyonce – or animal rights’ campaigners.
For these shoes, commissioned by the singer, are made from no fewer than five different animal skins: stingray, anaconda, ostrich, crocodile and calf.
Fans and animal welfare groups alike condemned Beyonce, 31, as “cruel” and “spoilt” for having the trainers made.
A spokesman for animal charity PETA said: “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.”
He added: “We hope that one day she’ll go completely cruelty-free.”