When you think about the first ladies of the United States, their roles have varied throughout the years, but fashion is always a topic of conversation no matter what their causes are. Whether it’s admiring Jackie Kennedy’s iconic hats or criticizing Hillary Clinton’s pant suits, their fashion choices are analyzed — unwarranted or not.
There’s no doubt that the current first lady, Michelle Obama, has brought her own approach to fashion into the White House. She came out of the gate making a statement by wearing a white Jason Wu gown at the 2009 inauguration ball. At the time, Wu was relatively unknown, and the moment — and that dress — launched the designer to national recognition.
Obama’s shoe style has ranged through her eight years as first lady. She walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in pair of Jimmy Choo heels on Inauguration Day in 2009, and four years later, she chose knee-high boots by Reed Krakoff. Choo has been a constant go-to, but she’s been seen in other labels including Givenchy and Manolo Blahnik.
One thing is for certain: On Inauguration Day, comfort takes priority. Nearly every first lady opted for a short heel during the day’s events. Kennedy was seen in a sleek black shoe style and her famous pillbox hat in 1961, and in 1989, Barbara Bush wore a similar heel style.
The classic black heel seemed to be trend for the inauguration festivities, as seen on first lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1953 and Laura Bush in 2001.
This year marks the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and soon-to-be first lady Melania Trump. The former model is fan of Christian Louboutin heels, and she often wears sky-high stilettos. Stay tuned to see what she will be wearing in Washington, D.C., on Friday.