How Jackie Kennedy Onassis Inspired Jack Rogers’ Iconic Sandal

Jackie Kennedy Onassis wore creations by some of the most storied designers in the world. She even had designer Oleg Cassini make custom outfits for her while she and President John F. Kennedy were in the White House. But she didn’t simply wear what designers made — she also inspired them, too.

Case in point: During a trip to Capri, Italy, in 1960, the then-Jackie Kennedy came across a flat leather sandal that she couldn’t leave the island without. When she returned to the U.S., she took the sandals to her local cobbler in Palm Beach, Fla., where the Kennedy family had a home.

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Jackie Kennedy in Palm Beach in 1961.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Jack Rogers

The cobbler mimicked the whip-stitched sandals with a rondelle design that Kennedy loved — and this was the start of the Jack Rogers brand. The company continues to make this classic sandal in a range of colors. Kennedy Onassis favored the sandals in white and was photographed wearing them during subsequent trips to Italy.

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Jackie Kennedy (center) visiting Italy’s Amalfi Coast in 1962.
CREDIT: AP Images
Jack Rogers Palm Beach Sandal
The Jack Rogers “Palm Beach” sandal in white.
CREDIT: Courtesy Photo

In addition to this sandal, Jack Rogers has expanded its offerings to include boots and booties, flats, mens and kids’ shoes, and accessories.

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