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Feds Seize 274 Pairs of Manolo Blahnik Snakeskin Shoes

Luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik tried to import almost 300 pairs of shoes made with the skin of an endangered species of snake in 2013, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

The shoes, seized by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service inspectors, were made out of the skin of the dog-faced water snake, an endangered species.

The Fashion Law wrote that reports have alleged that the shoes were seized at John F. Kennedy Airport in 2013 when it became clear that the shipment’s bill of landing did not accurately identify where the goods were produced or what skins were used.

Documents accompanying the shipment stated falsely that the snakeskins came from China. The Fashion Law reported a statement made by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karin Orenstein’s: “The dog-faced water snake, Cerberus rynchops, is not known to have a wild population in China.”