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President Joe Biden and Jill Biden returned home from her weekend in Delaware with a few special guests in tow. The first couple touched down at the White House and were joined by grandkids Natalie, 16, and Hunter, 14, as well as another young family friend.
For the day of travel, the first lady herself opted for a more comfortable look that kicked off with skinny jeans; she then matched the dark-wash bottoms to a collared blouse layered under a navy sweater and tailored black blazer.
To add an edgier element of her look, Dr. Biden then traded her usual pumps and knee-high boots for a more relaxed choice of footwear. Debuted by the first lady last week in California, the round-toe loafers featured a curved vamp with dipping edges and a subtle block heel in a silhouette also known as a smoking slipper. Marrying a loafer and a slipper, this design dates back to the 1800s and is rumored to have earned its name thanks to its comfortable blend of a house shoe and outdoor design — perfect for stepping into the parlor or on the porch for a smoke.
The first lady’s choice, in particular, included smooth suede uppers and a surprising pirate inspire skull and sword design across the top. The style bears a strong resemblance to Stubbs and Wootton’s Skull Velvet slippers, a style that retails for $500 at Neiman Marcus.
When it comes to shoes, Dr. Biden herself has always been a fan of slingback silhouettes, which are known for their ease of wear thanks to straps around the back of the ankle. Her go-to brands include Dior, Jimmy Choo and Prada. She also is known for her love of running and in the past has preferred workout-ready footwear from running brand On as well as her newfound love for Stuart Weitzman’s standout Vote boots. When it comes to apparel, the first lady’s official style taps a mix of well-known labels like Brandon Maxwell as well as supports smaller American brands like Jonathan Cohen and Markarian to name a few.
While Jill Biden’s footwear of choice comes with a higher price tag, you can still slip into comfort in these pairs inspired by her bold look.
Buy Now: Jon Josef Gatsby Slippers, $185.
Buy Now: Birdies Starling Loafers, $95.
Click through the gallery to find more of Jill Biden’s top looks over the years.