Clarks released a statement saying the Dolly Babe range is “an old and discontinued line, with only remaining stock being sold through our stores”.
But replying to Ms Sturgeon, a Twitter user by the name of Tod said: “My daughter went though all phases from dolly babe to goth. It’s called choice amp; made no difference to her self esteem/worth.”
Laura Waddell, a publishing manager at HarperCollins, tweeted: “Clarks have named range of girls’ school shoes ‘Dolly Babe’ while the boys’ equivalent is called ‘Leader’. Out of touch, sexist amp; insulting.”
The Leader footwear, which carries a football image, remains on sale online in the boys’ school shoes section.