Katy Perry unveils shoe range inspired by trip to Egypt

The singer incorporates pyramids and the ankh into the latest collection for her eponymous fashion line

FILE - In this Monday, June 12, 2017, file photo, Katy Perry performs during 'Katy Perry - Witness World Wide' exclusive YouTube Livestream Concert at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The pop star’s “Witness: The Tour” is pushing back the start of her new tour to Sept. 19 in Montreal. Perry said in a statement Thursday, Aug. 17, that “major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week.” (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

She rang in her 35th birthday in the country, and it seems Katy Perry still has Egypt on her mind.

The American singer, 36, has included odes to the country's ancient kingdom in the latest releases for her eponymous footwear range, Katy Perry Collections.

The Dark Horse singer offered a glimpse at two new designs, stocked on Amazon and the Katy Perry Collections website, on her social media pages on Wednesday.

"Sometimes my real life experiences inspire," Perry captioned the post, which showcases two sandals artfully displayed on a bed of sand.

A golden-hued rubber sandal is emblazoned with an emblem of a pyramid, while a black version is completed with an ankh. The symbol is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph commonly used to represent the word for "life".

Perry also included a glimpse of her travels to Egypt in the post, adding a photograph of herself visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The singer, who welcomed daughter Daisy with fiance Orlando Bloom last year, can be seen sitting atop a camel in front of the illuminated pyramids.

Perry and Bloom visited the North African country in 2019 to mark the singer's birthday.

"Ancient Egyptians believed that when you pass on, your heart had to be weighed. It had to be lighter than a feather to be qualified for the trip to the afterlife," Perry said at the time.

"My mother has called me 'feather' since I was a little girl and I hope after all is said and done my heart is as light as one. This is 35."

The star's visit also inspired another design, released last month, from her eponymous shoe line.

The black strappy sandal is adorned with an Eye of Horus, another symbol dating back to ancient Egypt, in diamante.

"Legend says the Eye of Horus represents well-being, healing and protection. Who couldn’t use some protection from head to toe?" Perry captioned the shot.

Perry first unveiled her namesake shoe line in 2017. The range was criticised in 2019 for introducing slip-on loafer mules that resembled blackface make-up. The offending items were subsequently pulled from shelves in stores and online following the backlash.

Updated: August 13th 2021, 9:08 AM
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