The Lady Politicians’ Shoe of Choice

Manolo says, it is the Kate Spade Wedge!

Despite the three-inch wedge heels on her black patent leather shoes, after hours of walking, Ms. Saujani, a former hedge-fund general counsel and a successful political fund-raiser, seemed as calmly cheerful as she did at the outset of the day.

Finally, as we returned to her office, I asked: About those shoes?

“They’re the Kate Spade wedges,” she said, sagging slightly, as if she had only just then been reminded that she had feet. “They’re these politician-woman shoes.”
Marli Too from Kate Spade
She had gotten the tip from someone who worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton. They are apparently something of an “it” shoe right now for women in politics: Ms. Saujani said that Kathleen M. Rice, who is running for attorney general, also wore them (a photograph on Ms. Rice’s Facebook page bears that out). The chief of staff for a prominent woman in Congress told me that she, too, religiously relied on her Kate Spade wedge heels (though she spoke on the condition of anonymity because she preferred not to be known for her brand of footwear).

“They’re very comfy,” said Annie Mullaly, Ms. Saujani’s finance director. “They’re like Crocs. You’ll see them everywhere once you’ve identified them.”

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But the Kate Spade wedge heels are not just one candidate’s shoes. They seem to be the shoes of a circle of younger women aspiring to power or already in it, women directly and indirectly passing on to one another ways of navigating the particular challenges of being a woman in the public eye. A woman must look put-together, but not as if she is a slave to fashion; she must look groomed, but never be spotted grooming.

That is all well and good if you want to look like the politician, however, if your tastes run to the slightly more aggressive, and you wish perhaps to make the statement on the campaign trail…

Belle by Sigerson Morrison Over-the-Knee Boots

Allow the Manolo to suggest these over-the-knee Boots from Belle by Sigerson Morrison as being worthy of consideration.

With these on your feets, you would not ask for the votes, you would command them!

P.S. The Manolo has long been the fan of the Kate Spade shoes, for exactly the reason cited above, they are well-made, reasonably comfortable, and perfectly suitable for the working girl.

4 Responses to “The Lady Politicians’ Shoe of Choice”

  1. raincoaster September 2, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    For Kate Spade, those are awfully dumpy. They remind me of when George Magazine got Cindy Crawford and (I think) Marc Jacobs to do an article about fashion in Washington. Crawford said of Hilary’s shoes, “in this case, looks like a sneaker, feels like a pump.”

    At least they both agreed that Stephanopoulos is teh shizznit (even if shizznit hadn’t been invented back in 1994).

  2. wildflower September 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    I’m thinking the same thing as raincoaster. What’s bugging me is that the heel looks so narrow. If you’re willing to risk the wobble, why not have an elegant heel instead of a wedge? And if you’re willing to go with frump for stability, why not make the wedge wide enough to provide such? Seems we’ve got the worst of both worlds here.

  3. gigolokitty September 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I agree with raincoaster and wildflower. These look like a futile attempt to make a stodgy heel look sleek.

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