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Barbie makers ditch high heels

A new line of Barbie dolls has the 56-year-old fashionista wearing flat shoes for the first time.

Toy manufacturer Mattel has rolled out more diverse versions of the doll. There are 23 new 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 accessorise street styles Barbie wears in the new line, Mattel said. Some new career-oriented Barbies also come with both flats and heels.