Whether we should be all that concerned with what female politicians put on their backs is a post we’ll leave for later in the campaign season. For right now, we and what seems like a decent number of young female politicians are obsessed with the Kate Spade Halle.
The three-inch wedge heel starred in a New York Times article earlier this week. Reshma Saujani, a Congressional candidate, swears by them, and so do two of her campaign staff members and various women with political influence. Suajani said she got the tip from someone who works for Hillary Clinton.
They are apparently something of an “it” shoe right now for women in politics: Ms. Saujani said that Kathleen M. Rice, who is running for attorney general, also wore them (a photograph on Ms. Rice’s Facebook page bears that out). The chief of staff for a prominent woman in Congress told me that she, too, religiously relied on her Kate Spade wedge heels (though she spoke on the condition of anonymity because she preferred not to be known for her brand of footwear).
At $300 a pair, the shoes certainly don’t come cheap, but they’re described as being as comfortable as Crocs. And for a group of women who have to balance policy decisions and being well-put together (but not appear to be slaves to fashion), the shoe is a perfect balance of sensible and stylish.
Carolyn B. Maloney, the incumbent Suajani will face in the primary elections on Sept. 14, declined to tell the Times her shoe of choice, but she has tried to play the experience card when making comparisons between herself and Suajani. But her opponent is well-shod enough to win major style points, even if she doesn’t win major margins at the polls.