Ingelmo, whose parents and grandparents hail from the country, said that stronger ties between the U.S. and Cuba is a major step — although the situation remains complicated.
“I definitely think [things are heading] in the right direction,” said Ingelmo from Los Angeles, where he has been living for the past nine months. “There’s still mixed feelings among the Cubans in Miami. I respect what happened, the history and the past. My grandfather had a shoe factory and had things taken away from him. But the only way to improve the country is to open it up. …I see both sides of it. Cuba is a beautiful country.”
Meanwhile, all eyes are on the President and First Lady this evening as they attend a special State Dinner this evening as part of their visit.
What shoe would Ingelmo outfit the First Lady in? “Definitely my Boomerang sandal. It’s a beautiful shoe. I’ve been doing it for years, and a sexy, caged sandal is perfect for the warm weather.”
Meanwhile, the first daughters have kept their style casual so far on the trip. After their arrival on Sunday, Malia, 17, wore a printed floral dress and all-white lace-up sneakers. Sister Sasha, 14, went with a $385 Shoshanna fit-and-flare dress with standout stitching and black and white slip-on sneakers. (The kicks were fitting for the rainy day.)