Casual-Haute or What would Michelle Obama Do?

Google French design company Lanvin and the second entry (after the company’s own Web site) is the New York Daily News feature on Michelle Obama’s Lanvin sneakers.

Lanvin sneakers

Lanvin sneakers

“While volunteering Wednesday at a D.C. food bank, the First Lady sported her usual J.Crew cardigan, a pair of utilitarian capri pants and, on her feet, a sneaky splurge: trainers that go for $540,” the article reports.

A Chicago Sun Times headline snipes, “Michelle Obama under fire for wearing costly Lanvin sneakers,” but Politics Daily asks, “Did the spotlight on the sneakers spur Lanvin sneaker sales?”

Adidas Nizza Hi Sleek

Adidas Nizza Hi Sleek

Of the now-controversial metallic Lanvin trainers, blogger UpscaleHype writes, “I think these are cute for the ladies and I love the jumbo laces. I’m really feeling the soft touch the colors give off, it’s perfect for a women. It almost looks like these sneakers should be packaged with a free sample bar of Dove soap.”

Whether or not it’s appropriate for the First Lady to do charity work in pricey footwear is a matter to be debated by the political pundits. (In my opinion, at least she’s doing charity work — doesn’t really matter how discount one’s footwear is if it’s not being worn to do a good cause. Just sayin.) So for those who want to follow in Obama’s footsteps, here a few budget-minded options, found on Zappos:

Delia by Juicy Couture

Delia by Juicy Couture

The WNBA-meets-the Sugar Plum Fairy Adidas Nizza Hi Sleek in mauve and silver; the classic sporty Geox D Snake 25 in bronze and silver; old school Puma-reminiscent PF-Flyers in slate; and the cute, zipper-embellished low-top Delia by Juicy Couture, in tote pink.


1 Response to “Casual-Haute or What would Michelle Obama Do?”

  1. 1 richelecole
    May 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I wonder if all the hype is because they’re expensive “sneakers”? Surely some of the ballet flats she’s worn to other charity/community events have been equally as pricey, yet no one has ever said anything about those…

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