US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has started the voluntary recall of about 200,000 pairs of George branded women's shoes due to a fall hazard.

A statement through the The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the heels on the shoes, which were manufactured by Joyfair Footwear, of Taipei, Taiwan, can easily detach, posing a fall hazard to wearers.

No incidents or injuries have yet been reported.

The recall involves women's sling-back, pointed-toe shoes sold under the George brand. The shoes were sold in three colours - black, grey and purple, and in sizes 5 1/2 to 11, according to the statement.

The shoes were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the US from June 2008 to December 2008 for about US$13, and consumers are being advised to return them for a full refund.