Toymaker Mattel rolled out more diverse versions of the doll from January through last week, aimed at allowing Barbie to better represent the world. There are 23 new Fashionista Barbies featuring 14 different facial looks, eight skin tones, 18 eye colours, 22 hair styles and 23 hair colours.
The switch from heels to flats is an effort to accessorize street styles Barbie wears in the new line, Mattel said. Some new career-oriented Barbies also come with both flats and heels.
Barbie has been on tip toes to accommodate high heels since her introduction in 1959.