Probably because she's not okay with walking around wearing the same down-market* Isabel Marant wedge sneakers seen on so many other celebrity feet, Beyonce had her pair customized by PMK (Perfectly Made Kicks).
According to their order form, PMK won't help you out for under $300, but surely the pop star paid a premium: Beyonce had the Marant shoes re-skinned with a really tacky combination of stingray, ostrich, calf fur, crocodile and anaconda. Gross. If Beyonce thinks she has so much to prove that she needs to get her (luxury designer) sneakers customized with a melange of rare animal skins, there's no hope for the rest of us.
The Telegraph reports that PETA has taken the unsual step of releasing a statement to protest the animal-skin shoes:
"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."
Ew sneakers made out of cat fur, I can already see the sick wheels turning in Karl Lagerfeld's brain.
Image via PMK
*The shoes retail for just under $400, which is some hundreds of dollars more than I can/would spend on sneakers, but actually surprisingly decent for such a hot-ticket item. Like, if you wanted a pair more than anything, you'd only have to go without food for a few weeks.