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Uh-Oh: Michelle Obama Sports $540 Shoes

The Obamas are down to earth from their heads down to their toes. Oh wait, scratch that. Earlier this week, Michelle was spotted wearing these Lanvin sneakers, which go for $540. Oops.

The first lady's camp has responded to questions about the pricey fashion statement by saying, "They're shoes."

Michelle and Barack have largely avoided looking like they're out of touch with many struggling Americans. During the campaign, Obama's camp made sure to reiterate that John McCain owned seven homes. And I definitely remember stories about John McCain's $520 Ferragamos, while we were treated to the worn-down soles of Obama's shoes in photographs.

Should Michelle be able to wear what she wants if she can afford it, or should the first lady coordinate her footwear with the tough economic times?


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oblio000 oblio000 8 years
*ARE marketing her... sorry for the incorrect grammar...
oblio000 oblio000 8 years
I think it's such a shame that the First Lady and her staff (read: Desiree Rogers) is marketing her as a 'fashion icon' rather than focusing on the immense value this female lawyer and civil servant can bring to the position of the First Lady. To me, that's what the debate about the $500 shoes is about - what are the priorities of the First Lady's staff?
fireflybysky fireflybysky 8 years
There is nothing wrong with them spending the money they have earned on things they would like. I agree with honeybrown while everyone feels for struggling americans that does not mean people should be wrong for spending their hard earned money on things they want
retrospeckt retrospeckt 8 years
those shoes are definitely not worth $500+ but hell, i've even seen middle-class folks buy fashion out of their range many times. i agree with the above.. as long as they're doing their best to help the economy, it doesn't matter to me.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Oh come on!! They're shoes for cryin out loud!!! There are women out there with far less money that still buy even more expensive shoes, and no one says a damn word about it.
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
This is sad that her shoes made the news. She is the first lady for goodness sake, leave her shoes alone!! She should be allowed to wear whatever she wants, no matter how ugly or
mona, it might be because the shoes were part of a mismatched outfit worn by someone the media has dubbed a fashion icon...and they're ugly as sin. lol!
mona777 mona777 8 years
UM HELLOOOOO?!?! did anyone or the media EVER in 8 years notice a pair of pricey shoes that Laura Bush was wearing???? NO, because no one cared. They have money and that's their prerogative if they want to wear expensive shoes. Btw, Laura Bush was known to love and wear often stuart weitzman shoes, which are very expensive shoes and I only know this because I'm a Washingtonian and we are privy to this type of information. But now with the Michelle the media pays attention to her every move and outfit. So what if she was wearing $540 shoes, she can afford them so she should wear them if she wants. Come on! Why is this now an issue that we need to talk about or pay attention to?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I wouldn't pay this much money for tennis shoes, but I'm not even close to being in the same Tax Bracket as Michelle Obama. If she's using her money for her purchases SO WHAT!
I think the reason her shoes were even brought up is because she wore them to a food bank. Personally, I'd like to see her in more expensive American stuff, so OUR economy can be stimulated instead of France's. :-)
janneth janneth 8 years
Of course she can wear whatever she wants. But I think badly of someone who pays 500+ for tennis shoes. I don't care if she can afford them, whatever. How about wearing $50 - 100 shoes, and donate 400 bucks to a homeless shelter. I mean...
Fleurie Fleurie 8 years
For $540, that's an ugly pair of shoes.. Yuck!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hey I lusted after some boots that cost $140 for 3yrs but refused to buy them because I refuse to pay more than $100 for any shoes. Last time I walked by them in a shoe store I started to look longingly as I usually do but then stopped dead in my tracks and did a double take "$41"!!! I took them up to the cashier offended and rediculously prepared to defend the worth of these fine! Turns out the style was discontinued and with the store sale I finally had my baby's at $30 out the door. Now that was a wait worth waiting for.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
what a debate..... cute or not, who cares. as if those $500 shoes are the most expensive thing she recently acquired. the average 'joe plumber' probably couldn't even tell that those semi-fugly shoes are expensive. if she was wearing a conservative pair of loafers or a pair of pumps, they'd probably still have costed the same amount. it is only remarkable because those lanvin sneakers seem overpriced for their look, and they don't look sensible-they look flashy and trendy. next should we go through their newly decorated rooms item by item and analyze which decorative bowls were a waste of good money and insulting to others? even if they were 5 gs who cares
karlorene karlorene 8 years
i just really don't think these shoes are even cute enough to cost that much lol
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Whoa, such a discussion over it :) This is when I know I'm in Sugar network (hee, we gals pay close attention to shoes, eh? LOL) Imho, she can wear whomever brand/whatever she wants to wear. But she knows too that every single choice she wears will probably get scrutinized since I'm guessing that many people pay attention to her sense of style. Some will criticize her style choice, some will praise her, some will pay attention to the price, etc. Hmm..when I think about it, celebrities (female especially) kind of receive the same treatment when it comes to fashion (being scrutinized about style/brand/price/etc) I think she's one of the most stylist first ladies US has ever had (from JFK era that is, Jackie was truly very chic, imo--I had a huge gal crush on her :D), then again, I wasn't here until in the 1990s, so don't hold that knowledge against me :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
This is ridiculous I really don't think that anyone in their right mind would begrudge the Obama's a few treasures if they can afford it with their money. Their clearly not high end label whores and the occasional treat of something extravagant should not be a problem.
kty kty 8 years
is this really important?they have money,can afford it and that's it.personally i don't like the shoes.
mlen mlen 8 years
for $540 i'd by prettier shoes lol but that's besides the point. look- she's like any other american. she is frugal in some areas, ie. jcrew, and she splurges on other things. she spent her own money (or maybe it was a gift but either way) she should be allowed to enjoy a few fun purchases.
bgorgeouss bgorgeouss 8 years
Ok, so, I kinda think those shoes are cute. :P Also, I don't understand what the big deal is about- she bought the shoes with her money, and even if she had spent a million dollars on them, it really wouldn't matter. In fact, I think it's great that she is shopping, period, as it's better for the economy!
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
it fine with me. if she can afford it, who cares?! i think it's great that we have such fashion forward first lady! i think everyone just got use to the old first lady who was PLAIN AND BORING.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
mamasitamalita and stardust: I am SO with you ladies !! J Crew used to be akin to Gap.. now it's more expensive then Banana and Ann Taylor. I have a decent job (I'm an attorney), and no kids, and I cannot afford J Crew. I don't think you can find a tshirt under $40 or a sweater under $90 now.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Mamacita - THANK YOU! Seriously, J. Crew is so far from "for the masses" - it's actually DAMN expensive! $80 camis and $60 flip flops are too extravagant for my blood. The Obamas can afford it, though, so good for them!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I'm in the minority here. Personally, I think it was a mistake for her to wear those shoes. Perhaps her saving grace is that she's trying to stimulate the economy?? ;) Incidentally, in my opinion, those shoes are not worth $540. I can't believe someone would pay that much for those kind of shoes. In the market, one can pay a fraction of that price for comparable shoes. Talk about over-paying. :)
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