I was hoping that the end of the Melania fashion era might bring an end to sky high heels, but no such luck. While Kamala Harris wears Converse sneakers on her casual days, when dressed up she’s in heels. During the recent inauguration, I kept track of the women wearing vaguely comfortable shoes. Only Laura Bush and Janet Yellen bucked the high heel trend.
It doesn’t appear to have much to do with age. Nancy Pelosi, 80, is noted for her wardrobe of matching high heeled shoes. Jill Biden, 69, wears them to all political events. If we believe current fashion writing, most American women are turning to more comfortable footwear. Why don’t women politicians follow suit?
In the photo above, the swearing in ceremony of Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary, it is easy to write off Yellen as an old lady protecting her feet with her flat shoes. To me, though, it looks like Harris is the odd one out, with her slim heels on an uneven surface. I wanted to grab her elbow to make sure she didn’t trip.