Trump Pumps are the Envy of Frumps

Standing at almost 5’10” in my stocking feet, I’ve never been much for wearing high heels. I feel freakishly tall in them, but that’s never stopped me from envying women who can pull off towering pumps and sandals—particularly the sexy, spiky kind—because it is much harder than it looks. Gracefully navigating sidewalks, stairs, and dance floors on six-inch needles requires a type of agility and confidence—not to mention  sobriety—few women possess altogether and at once.

So perhaps that’s why the claws came out at the sight of Melania Trump’s stilettos Tuesday morning. The first lady boarded Air Force One to travel to Houston wearing snakeskin heels, black ankle pants and an Army-green bomber jacket. When I saw her, I thought, “Wow, she looks amazing.” Because she did.

Others did not share my admiration. The Mean Girls of Social Media quickly took the first lady to task for her inappropriate footwear. How could she wade through chest-high water to rescue abandoned dogs at Texas trailer parks in a pair of Louboutins? Holly O’Reilly, organizer of the MarchforTruth, which is pushing the Trump-Russia election collusion conspiracy, weighed in shortly after Air Force One took off:

Elizabeth Holmes, a former Wall Street Journal style reporter, thought Melania’s fashion choice had some nefarious, underlying meaning. 

Even Chelsea Handler, who cried on her Netflix show after the election and blubbered about how we all need to be kinder to each other, joined the Twitter pile-on:

(Handler later tweeted that Melania put on new shoes after all the Twitter comments and that she “prob spun them out of potus’ wig.”)

OK, so no biggie, a few anti-Trump hags on social media vented their insecure feminine jealousy and post-election anger by making snarky comments about Mrs. Trump’s appearance—something no one was ever supposed to do to Michelle Obama, of course.

But next came the fashionistas. Vogue magazine, which will glamorize Chelsea Manning in its September issue with a glowing profile and pictorial spread, remarking how Manning has “confidence that hits like sunlight at high altitude,” scoffed at Melania Trump’s pumps. In an online article, fashion editor Lynn Yaeger (who will never, ever be mistaken for a supermodel) wondered about the “optics” of it all and “what kind of message does a fly-in visit from a First Lady in sky-high stilettos send to those suffering the enormous hardship, the devastation of this natural disaster?”

Lynn Yaeger, fashionista . . .

Glamour magazine’s Suzannah Weiss posted an article mid-morning that claimed, “people are confused about why she was wearing her signature heels in the first place.” Really? Call me crazy, but I think people are more confused about why jackasses in the media are worried about shoes when folks are drowning and being displaced in America’s fourth largest city.

Kenzie Bryant with Vanity Fair really nailed the importance of the moment with this deep thought: “It’s times like these that what a politicians or their entourage wears matters the least, but ironically, when it matters the most.” Not only is that just a colossally dumb thing to say, but she is referring to the first lady as merely part of the president’s posse. Meow.

OK, so no biggie again, a few liberal fashion-writers got in their political potshots, but surely no legacy media outlet—clinging as they should be to any semblance of credibility—would come so low as to comment on the shoes while a major national crisis is unfolding, right? Wrong. The Washington Post took a brief break from warning us that democracy dies in darkness to shining a much-needed light on Melania’s outfits for the day.

In a bizarre rant disguised as an article, writer Robin Givhan explored the ways in which the first lady’s “fashionable ensemble was defined by its contradictions.” In perhaps her most vapid passage (and, I assure you, there’s plenty of competition), Givhan offers this insight:

Appearance is even more relevant with this first lady. She rarely speaks in public and has yet to make clear precisely what she might do with her time in the White House aside from looking after her young son. And so every time she comes into public view, standing or walking silently alongside her husband, the image becomes a silent expression of intent and self-awareness. These pictures are her legacy.

The first lady’s high heels were on display for roughly 46 seconds early Tuesday morning. While traveling, she changed into more practical—and apparently acceptable—Adidas gym shoes. But that was not enough to absolve her of her original stiletto sin. Givhan continues,

her [later]ensemble was more akin to what one might have expected her to wear for the Hurricane Harvey briefing. Its simplicity and practicality were in sync with the president’s khakis and boots. It was optically optimal. But the chance to tell an uninterrupted narrative of care and concern had already been missed. This was just a costume change for another fashion moment.

New Washington Post slogan: “Democracy dies in Manolo Blahniks.”

The high-heel-is-evil meme has taken hold in the media echo chamber. Earlier this month, Newsweek published a deep dive into why Melania and Ivanka Trump wear high heels, claiming the shoes represent everything “beautiful and horrifying” about them. The problem is that spiky shoes are alluring and sexy (duh, no one wears flip-flops with a negligee) and that means the Trump gals “are just buying into traditional binary views of male and female.” This is totally unacceptable in the sex-is-on-a-spectrum 21st Century.

Melania is beautiful, stylish, graceful, and demure—traits that are anathema to the loudmouth progressive class of political and fashion writers. What galls them even more is she does not care what they think. Ignoring the stiletto snark, the first lady issued a statement late Tuesday: “I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State.”

Once again, the media nags made fools of themselves to everyone except each other. And since it’s 2017, of course the voice of reason had to come from a 1980s, gender-bending icon. Boy George tweeted this Tuesday: “I’m officially against Melania hating!”

Sing it, George. We agree.


About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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42 responses to “Trump Pumps are the Envy of Frumps”

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    • I’m not sure what’s going on with that Geisha-inspired look, but it would appear to be what Lefties call “cultural appropriation.”

      • Yes,it is Big understatement of the year. Not known for their originaity, which is probably a part of why Melania ticks them off..she is very much her own person.

      • If a culture was appropriated, rest assured it won’t make a claim in public for its return.

  1. Melania could make wearing a burlap sack look beautiful and graceful. Sometimes when a commenter says something about a comment, it tells you something about the comment. But often, and in this case, when these commenting hags say something about Melania, their projections and distortions are telling you much more about the commenter’s insecurity, jealousy, and resentment of Melania’s beauty and grace not about Melania herself. And what do we see in Melania’s behavior – we see the fact that she is actually making judgements – wearing what she feels like wearing when walking to the transport in a non-hurricane environment then intelligently switching to garb appropriate to a post-hurricane environment when she reaches that environment. Judgement and choice exemplify Melania – while her critics are exemplifying a jealousy-based psychological compulsion to vilify a person who lives at a level of gracefulness and femininity her critics will never approach on the best day of their lives.

    • Your take on this is really insightful. It just goes to show that, as a genuinely good person, Melania can always be herself with confidence.

    • They would have criticized her for wearing a PFD and chest high waders.
      At least they don’t need assistance manipulating their umbrella from any West Point military graduate like Obungles always did.

  2. “How out of touch can you be?”

    If you spend your life glued to Twitter and people’s choice of footwear, you are out of touch.

    Let’s think back to how many hurricane zones the former “first lady” toured with her husband.

    During a state dinner event, former Obama White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall prominently fell down in high heels. That should get your footwear noticed; not what you do boarding a plan to accompany your husband to a natural disaster zone.

  3. The left is “jumping the shark” on a daily basis. It’s becoming hard to know what to take seriously.

  4. Unlike Michelle Obama, FLOTUS actually joined POTUS on the trip to hurricane ravished Houston.

  5. Those who can, do (in this case look great in anything, including very high heels), those who can’t whine!

  6. The WaPo’s Givhan is a flaming Democrat sycophant. Melania always is dressed appropriately and always looks great. It’s appropriate that her focus is on her young son, but she does so much more. In NYC she was involved in a variety of charities.

  7. Don’t tell Sarah Jessica Parker or dozens of other Hollywood types that spike heels are politically incorrect.

  8. I really like that Melania goes everywhere with Donald. They seem to love each other. He probably likes the way she dresses and she has that in mind when they travel, where ever they are going. Sorry ladies, some women care what their men think of them. It really is a personal thing. Michelle Obama is not on record wearing any kind of shoes to visit superstorm Sandy because she did not accompany Obama there. So….who cares more about storm victims?

  9. OMG! What is that old hag in the red wig doing expressing any code of fashion. I thought other posters were kidding about its appearance, but this photo of it knocked me out of my chair. When are we going to send these cows to pasture? Melania need not worry if these are the critics. Talk about disgusting.

  10. Unfortunately I saw the photo of Lynne Yeager. She is truly ugly! She has a lot of nerve criticizing Melania. Chalk it up to jealousy.

    • Actually thought that must be a joke till I read the caption and saw that, sure enough, it was the right person. And I’m still wondering if perhaps she was dressed for some type of be-as-weird-as-you-can masquerade party. Did she do her own make-up?

    • There might be a Texas story behind FL Melania wearing stilettos in the rain.
      Austin TX native Faith Dickey walking the Slackline in high heels in the rain, Brazil 2014
      Photo karas-37533 source: website in Skopje, Macedonia

      “The annual Girls Only Slackline Festival is a highline meeting for women held in Ostrov [Czech Republic]
      from 1 to 4 September. The event is in its 8th year, and more than 30 girls gathered in the sandstones to
      put their balancing skills to the test on a variety of highlines.

      The event is an international affair, with at least eight nationalities represented.
      The level of ability ranges from beginner to professional, and this year there were highlines
      from 12 meters long to 56 meters long. Ostrov is the perfect place for the event, with easy-to-access
      highlines and beautiful exposure over the forest, not the mention wonderful sandstone climbing!

      The festival is organized to encourage women to feel confident with the sport, the organizer [from Austin, Texas] Faith Dickey said. “Part of the fun at the Girls Festival is defying stereotypes and empowering women. One way we do this is by practicing the extreme sport of Highlining while wearing dresses and costumes,
      and high heels in my case.”

      [Adding to the Houston, Texas connection:]

      “On Saturday, April 1st [2017] the Denali Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual Gala -“A Night in the Sky” –
      at The Corinthian in Downtown Houston featuring a death-defying performance by record-breaking
      highliner Faith Dickey. With Co-Chairs Beth Wolff and Gregg Harrison the foundation honored international philanthropist, adventurer and change-maker Joanne King Herring and renowned artist Sabin Howard.
      … New York based artist Sabin Howard, commissioned to create the new World War I Memorial
      in Washington DC, was honored as the artist of the year and connected his work telling the story of our humanity to Denali’s experience as an adventurer and artist.”

      Beth Wolff is a leading Houston, TX realtor. Her son, Ed Wolff is president, and,

      “…assuming about 20 percent of apartments were damaged, that would leave 70,000 available for people displaced by the floods. That may seem like a lot, but they’re going quickly, according to local Realtor Ed Wolff, who chairs the government affairs committee of the Houston Association of Realtors.

      He was flooded out of his Meyerland home himself, and when he went to rent an apartment in the Greenway
      Plaza neighborhood, found them disappearing by the minute. His own agents have
      been working in overdrive to serve people whose homes are underwater. …”

      “People displaced by Harvey may overwhelm Houston’s remaining housing stock
      Hotels, apartments, spare rooms going fast”
      By Lydia DePillis and Ileana Najarro Published 7:15 pm,
      Wednesday, August 30, 2017”

      The complete guest list of 240 for the Denali Foundation Gala on April 1, 2017 was not accessible, but sounds like an event that one of the Czech-speaking, stiletto-loving, adventure-friendly, interested in real-estate and/or the World War One Memorial, one of those Trumps might have attended.

      In other “stilettos in the rain” news:

      “High heels in the rain: Socci Stiletto Stampede carries on in Auburn woman’s memory”
      Jennifer Hogan Special to The Citizen Jun 4, 2017”

      Auburn is the County seat for Cayuga County, New York. Trump won Cayuga ✔ 16,194 (52.7%)

      It is amazing how many women really love stilettos…
      and what you can find online.

      • Thank you – even if we are the only two people in cyberspace who read it. :)

        I do wonder if the Girls Only Slackline Festival will get any media coverage in the USA when it starts tomorrow. This commercial is running tonight on NCIS re-runs on Oxygen:

        “About Dixie Ultra TV Commercial, ‘Stress Test: The High Wire’The Dixie stress test team demonstrates the strength of Dixie Ultra paper plates by loading them with two pounds of steak each. In a final test, the team sends a brave volunteer out on a high wire with a plate in each hand. With new FlexProof technology, the weighted plates stay strong while the woman flawlessly walks the line.”

        I just wanted to find out If Faith Dickey was the slackliner in the Dixie commercial, but it is Sonya Iverson:
        ” Taking the highline: Slackliner Sonya Iverson crosses cultural borders: Sonya Iverson talks slacklining, Crossing Lines Initiative, and cultural boundaries: Sonya Iverson, slacklining extraordinaire, has crossed cultural and physical borders with the Crossing Lines Initiative. Here, she talks slacklining, Iran’s first-ever highline festival, and her future plans as president of the national association Slackline U.S.”
        Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan Publish date: Feb 6, 2017

        5. Why is slacklining such a good avenue for promoting cultural exchange?

        It’s a visual art and it’s metaphorical—we’re literally crossing lines. You can’t have a
        conversation about Iran with somebody who already has his mind made up. But
        maybe you can draw attention with one of these photos. If you can start a
        conversation about the image, that changes things.”

        Sports diplomacy is something I’m very interested in. When you travel as an athlete, you get to
        sneak around some boundaries and see the location in a different way. The
        industry in general will greatly benefit from embracing this international world of sport.
        Sports break down barriers. It’s not political, it’s not cultural. It’s a way for people to connect.”

        Sonya Iverson crosses a slackline in Turkey with Iranian highliner Mohammad Reza Abaee. // Photo: Mohammad Reza Abaee Outdoor Retailer Daily

        Important point: “If you can start a conversation about the image, that changes things.”

        Without the baseball caps, what would we see in this photo? Without the seven+ months of Obstruction/’resistance’, what would we see?
        August 29, 2017: POTUS and FLOTUS Trump, Corpus Christie, Texas

        Photo: Carlos Barria, Reuters

        Paris Match | Published on 30/08/2017 at 10h17|Updated 30/08/2017 at 11h36

        Of course, I really wish Sonya Iverson had not started ‘sneaking around boundaries’ with an Iranian, in Turkey, (really??), but I agree on the power of a great photograph. Too bad this one is only viewable at Paris Match. The article with the 30-photo slide show echoes the stiletto attacks. Viewed independent of the text, the 30 photos tell a fine news story.

  11. While being a strong member of the Melania fan club, I’ll say that, if I were her stylist (God forbid!), I would advise a bit of Americana now and then. Her look is very European — the raised collar, skinny pants and stilettos — crowned by the baseball cap that, while cute, seemed to come from a different ensemble. Okay, she IS European, and she is very much herself — kudos. But jeans and a casual sweater with boots, to fit in with her husband’s casual wear that day, wouldn’t have harmed her flawless beauty a btg (hard to think of anything that would!) and would still leave her well-dressed and appealing while just a bit less sex-and-the-city than the baseball cap and stilletos pairing. Now don’t jump all over me — I’m a fan and who can’t appreciate what a gracious and gorgeous symbol of America she makes? But just sayin’…

    • Why. Americana treats her like doo-doo. How many American designers said they refused to dress her??

  12. So is that thing from Vogue what Will Ferrell’s character in the Zoolander movies was parodying?