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Clarks accused of everyday sexism for ‘Dolly Babe’ shoe

Shoe retailer Clarks has been accused of “everyday sexism” for naming a girls’ school shoe ‘Dolly Babe’, while the boys’ version is called ‘Leader’.

The girls’ shoe also features a heart-patterned insole, while the boys’ has footballs.

Clarks has removed the ‘Dolly Babe’ shoe from its website after several people, including Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, took to Twitter to voice their outrage.

Clarks is still selling the boy’s equivalent, and both versions are still available from retailers including Amazon and John Lewis.

In a statement the brand said: “Following customer feedback regarding the name, we have removed the shoe from sale online and are in the process of removing the name from the remaining stock in store, though this process will take time to complete.

“We are working hard to ensure our ranges reflect our gender neutral ethos and we apologise for any unintended offence caused.”

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