There’s breaking news today in the world of men’s footwear.
That’s right: it’s not often that velvet slippers make headlines, but last night at the President’s speech before Congress, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross took a piece of “winter White House” style with him from Palm Beach to DC and donned slippers from Stubbs & Wooton with a custom crest depicting the seal of the Department Of Commerce.
Mr. Ross has a BA from Yale and an MBA from Harvard.
While his audacious, rich-guy gesture was loaded with FU inappropriateness for the occasion (kind of like wearing white in the evening in February), it wasn’t full-on GTH as Ross apparently wore socks.
And of course the only thing more amusing than Ross’ footwear choice is the faux-outrage backlash, which is full of headlines pointing to the slippers’ $500 price tag (they actually cost more than that, assuming he paid for them). As if all the other shoes worn in that room didn’t cost $500.
And that’s chump change compared to the price of the some of the Democratic presidential nominee’s outfits. Or what environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio paid to fly someone to LA to manicure his eyebrows before the Oscars, though apparently that was fake news.
I say cheers to Mr. Ross for this eminently Ivy/preppy/WASPy/Palm Beach gesture. Now if we can just get him in tapered trousers, buttondown collars, and three-button jackets. — CC