Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope favors Manolo Blahnik heels for taking on political power players in the series “Scandal.”
But when the crisis fixer goes for a workout, she swaps her chic footwear for Nikes.
Washington tweeted the tidbit on Thursday after a fan praised Pope’s stylish Lululemon sportswear seen in that night’s episode on ABC.
She responded: “Jacket/Bottom @lululemon” and “Sneakers @Nike.”
— Fotini (@23ophelia) April 22, 2016
Perhaps Nikes are Pope’s go-to kicks for breaking a sweat. An eagle-eyed fan spotted the same jacket in a previous episode.
Washington has said that when she’s off-duty she enjoys wearing sneakers and is a fan of Nike’s customizable options.
— Donaya (Dah-Nae-Yuh) (@DonnieRayy) April 22, 2016
Speaking to FN in a previous interview, “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Elizabeth Paolo said that she and Washington choose footwear for the character first before determining the rest of the outfit.
“I sometimes feel, as do many actors, that the shoes are the most important part of a costume,” Paolo explained. “That choice informs both the audience and the actor. I believe strongly that when you’ve found the right shoe for a character, everything else flows from that, and it’s a seamless transition for the actor to become the human that’s on the written page.”