As Twitchy reported Tuesday morning, journalists reporting on President Trump and the first lady’s departure for Texas to meet with local leaders coordinating the response to Harvey were terribly distracted by Melania Trump’s shoes: her stiletto heels weren’t exactly “disaster ready,” not that the White House had announced plans for the first couple to enter the flood zone and attempt a couple of water rescues.
The first lady did find time between Washington, D.C. and Corpus Christie to change into sneakers, which gave some writers a chance to expand their tweets into full-fledged think pieces about Melania Trump’s heels.
— John Wagner (@WPJohnWagner) August 29, 2017
Robin Givhan, fashion critic for the Washington Post:
… for her trip to Texas, the first lady offered up a fashion moment instead of an expression of empathy.
Observers were baffled by her shoes in particular. Those shoes. Those shoes. Good Lord, those shoes. She is fond of Manolos and Louboutins. But it’s not the brand or the cost: It’s the heels. She defies gravity in them. She floats above it all. They aren’t power heels; they’re sexy heels. Heading off to Texas, she looked dressed to view a natural disaster from a distance, from on high, not up close. Her ensemble implied that people’s personal stories would be ferried to her after they had been vetted and tidied up.
— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmes) August 29, 2017
Lynn Yaeger, Vogue:
This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille.
While the nation is riveted by images of thousands of Texans wading with their possessions, their pets, their kids, in chest-high water, desperately seeking refuge; while a government official recommend that those who insist on sheltering in place write their names and social security numbers on their arms, Melania Trump is heading to visit them in footwear that is a challenge to walk in on dry land.
Politico deleted its tweet, but here’s a screen capture:
Annie Karni, Politico:
The emblematic first image of the first lady heading off to visit a hurricane in heels – a moment that the president has seized on as an opportunity to project strength and show off decisive leadership – instead became another symbol of a White House that can often seem out of touch.
There was no acknowledgment from the White House that the first lady’s storm attire was at all off-key. Instead, her staff blamed the media for creating a “sad” side circus to an otherwise somber day.
“There was no acknowledgment from the White House that the first lady’s storm attire was at all off-key.” IMPEACH!!!
Are you mental? White House doesn't have to acknowledge your weirdo obsession with Melania's heels. https://t.co/4jJTJWRuWZ
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) August 29, 2017
And you managed to find a thing for me to agree with the White House on. Well done. https://t.co/4zk7IIg21H
— Ben (@BenHowe) August 29, 2017
How does this even get approved as a writing assignment?
— Anthony Brandonisio (@antbrando) August 29, 2017
This is incredibly inappropriate journalism–oh wait, sorry, the target's a Republican. I forgot. Please continue. https://t.co/km0X2JnYT4
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) August 29, 2017
Please, for the love of sanity, tell me this is a satirical post. Does anyone at Politico have even the mildest sense of decency? https://t.co/8bsmDLULd2
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 29, 2017
I'm more interested in what shoes, if any, the children of Houston will be wearing next week. https://t.co/X4zWrabv6k
— Runs With Dogs (@lheal) August 29, 2017
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Journalists don’t like Melania Trump’s shoes for Texas trip https://t.co/PmY689rbNZ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 29, 2017