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Best Foot Forward: The Campaign for Best Dressed Feet

Fashionistas and politicians are combining forces lately! While Michelle Obama made the Vanity Fair international best-dressed list, her better-half (or maybe her entire family?) has a boot named after him. The Coclico Obama High Heel Boot is selling on Shopbop for $540.00. The leather boot's "seam detailing adds an inspired touch to a sophisticate style." Inspiration plus sophistication just screams Obama doesn't it!

As for McCain footwear, the Republican candidate can be seen wearing black leather Ferragamo shoes that go for a cool $520. He sported the Italian-imports with a silver buckle, while meeting with the Dali Lama.

Considering the diminishing sales of fashion magazines, as well as unprecedented fascination with the presidential election, I don't blame fashion for embracing politics. And politicians could see some benefits, too. Nothing adds an aura of approval like gaining the title of best dressed.

Then again, politicians do (cat)walk a fine line. Which candidate needs to worry the most about winning the best-dressed elitist title — Obama for the pricey shoes in his name, or McCain for the pricey shoes on his feet?


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chancleta chancleta 8 years
RCL and Laine you took the words right out of my mouth!
Bettyjane Bettyjane 8 years
I think both candidates dress well. Who cares about McCain's shoes? He likes quality can't knock that! And I agree with everyone, those Obama shoes are super cute! :)
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
This is not a news item. Shouldn't it be on Fab?
pinky23 pinky23 8 years
The comments about McCain's childhood are fair; I was looking at the candidates as couples (since Michelle Obama's footwear was being compared to John McCain's). My comment mainly stemmed from articles that attempt to paint the Obama family as elitists (like this one:; I also appreciated this editorial: Truthfully, to even be considered as a presidential nominee, anyone has to have reached some level of elitism (usually educational elitism, because very few individuals can claim to be either Harvard Law or Naval Academy graduates). (BTW, the Grinch pic is quite adorable!)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
:gift: $$$$$
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
:grinch: The grinch doesn't get his just usage. He needs to be circulated around more!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Being an elitist is more about attitude than it is about background. That being said, I don't think that either candidate is "the true elitist." Also, I don't know where people get this idea that McCain grew up wealthy. Yes, his father was a high ranking naval officer. However, as I think we all know, members of our military are generally not extraordinarily wealthy. (I saw that you included both McCains, pinky, so that wasn't directed toward you, just toward the general idea that John McCain grew up with some sort of charmed life.)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I really think neither candidate is elitist. In the OED: The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources. The sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class. Control, rule, or domination by such a group or class. In Wiki: Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the elite — a select group of people with outstanding personal abilities, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern [1]. Alternatively, the term elitism may be used to describe a situation in which power is concentrated in the hands of the elite. Opposed to elitism are "anti-elitism," "populism," and the political theory of pluralism. Elite theory is the sociological or political science analysis of elite influence in society - elite theorists regard pluralism as an utopian ideal. Elitism may also refer to situations in which an elite individual assumes special privileges and responsibilities in the hope that this arrangement will benefit humanity. At times, elitism is closely related to social class and what sociologists call social stratification. Members of the upper classes are sometimes, though inaccurately, known as the "social elite." The term elitism is also sometimes misused to denote situations in which a group of people claiming to possess high abilities or simply an in-group or cadre grant themselves extra privileges at the expense of others. This debased form of elitism may be described as discrimination.
stephley stephley 8 years
Hard to argue - perhaps Pinky, but Team McCain is up to the challenge!
pinky23 pinky23 8 years
I think that these articles add an excellent sense of lightheartedness to the campaign, but when comparing the (childhood) socioeconomic backgrounds of the Obamas and the McCains, it would be harder to argue that the Obamas are the true elitists in this race.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Haha! Yes honey Miss J is something fierce. When I lived in Hollywood I used to go to this pizza place after the clubs closed and these queens would have a prance off down the middle of the café out to the sidewalk it was a hoot. A crowd would gather and people would buy more pizza the owners loved it.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That show is such a guilty pleasure for me. :oops:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I thought about Miss J, too!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Hypno, should we start calling you Miss J? That man can walk!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I guess we have totally different ideas of social norms, then. I hear not close friends say that all of the time and don't take offense to it in the least. Although, I don't go around looking for things to take offense at. Everyone in Citizen is on edge and rude any more. It's just no longer fun. (Not saying that you're being rude, hestah; it's just been the general demeanor of other users lately.)
samantha999 samantha999 8 years
I can not believe this is news. RCL love your comments.
hestah hestah 8 years
spouses refer to their spouse personally as their better half as a form of both self deprecation and reverence for the other party. but it's inappropriate for a third party to do the same. the only time i can see it being acceptable is for a close friend to jokingly say that.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Oooh I like shoes! And if anyone needs a lesson in working the cat walk honey I'm your man. I'll have you walking so good you'll start leaving your car at home.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
OMG, you guys! Like, Michelle Obama is a freaking FASHION PLATE! I know that the first thing I do when considering which candidate I want to vote for is figure out which potential First Lady has the best style. Foreign policy aside, they have to LOOK hot while they're in office! That's the main priority! And seeing the Obamas on all of the supermarket magazine covers is really influencing me as well! They are just SO sophisticated! I can't think of the word "sophisticated" without immediately associating "Obama" with it! Their intrinsic to one another! Come November, I will definitely take into consideration each candidates wardrobe, and that of his spouse, before casting my ballot! Fashion is everything! Celebrity is everything! OMG, I think I just had an aneurism!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Why would that be meant to chide her? People often refer to someone's spouse as their better half.
hestah hestah 8 years
is referring to obama as michelle's better half meant to chide her?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
As far as the intersection between fashion and politicians, Vogue magazine has always had pretty good profiles and interviews of politicians and political wives. Those boots are pretty cute, but the heels look a bit low for my taste. And I agree that there's no reason to knock McCain for wearing expensive shoes. If he can afford it, why not? I'd roll my eyes if he tried to play the common man by wearing cheap ones.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I agree w/ Jill - it's all about free publicity for the shoe company...
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
lil, you can take them to a shoe repair shop to have them adjust boots so they will fit.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I like the boots a lot, too. Unfortunately, I cannot wear tall boots because I have big calves. :cry:
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