As Donald Trump boarded Marine One Tuesday morning, to make his way to Houston, Texas, where he’ll view the damage from Hurricane Harvey and pay a visit to rescue facilities, the media’s focus wasn’t on Donald — it was on Melania.
The First Lady, who appears to have never had an “off” fashion day in her life (except maybe in the 1990s when everyone was wearing those dumb spaghetti strap dresses that looked good on no one), turned up for her helicopter ride in head-to-toe black, an on-trend flight jacket and — gasp — a pair of four-inch black spiked heels.
Granted, patent leather stillettos (probably designer, to boot) aren’t exactly disaster-touring footwear, but, oddly enough, shoes aren’t designed to be permanent foot fixtures; since they aren’t sewn to Melania’s feet, she’s able to swap them out for more practical attire.
But sensing an opportunity to mock the First Lady, the media immediately excoriated Melania for her shoe choice.
First Lady this AM was like:
Bomber Jacket: check
4 inch Manolos: check
Let’s roll. https://t.co/4Um5E5bcVn
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) August 29, 2017
— Emily Purser (@EmilyPurser) August 29, 2017
Ok this is a bold Melania shoe choice for a hurricane. https://t.co/VFDUir9ew7
— Emily Ramshaw (@eramshaw) August 29, 2017
Melania looks like she’s picked the perfect footwear for storm conditions. https://t.co/Qupd4oPYlO
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 29, 2017
Seems Melania has been promoted from flight attendant to pilot.
Marine One pic.twitter.com/iAAwZfzts8
— Lucy Amato (@realLucyAmato) August 29, 2017
Not sure Melania Trump is prepared for Hurricane Harvey pic.twitter.com/Mz5ndbmKC9
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) August 29, 2017
Not that any of the above journalists asked, but a White House spokesperson has confirmed that the First Lady will not be wearing those heels into any disaster-ridden areas. She has a different pair of shoes she plans on changing into on the plane.