— STOP (@DisTrumpia) August 29, 2017
Twitterers are working themselves into a debilitating meme-producing frenzy after photos emerged of Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump languorously departing the White House on Tuesday morning to assess the Hurricane Harvey damage in Texas.
In what’s proven to become a controversial fashion choice, Melania decided the occasion called for a bomber jacket, tight black jeans, and hell-a-rockin’ stiletto heels. It’s that last detail people are having a hard time wrapping their head around.
As Washington Post’s Robin Givhan put it:
Observers were baffled by her shoes in particular. Those shoes. Those shoes. Good Lord, those shoes. She is fond of Manolos and Louboutins. But it’s not the brand or the cost: It’s the heels. She defies gravity in them. She floats above it all. They aren’t power heels; they’re sexy heels. Heading off to Texas, she looked dressed to view a natural disaster from a distance, from on high, not up close.
The decision also galled The New York Times’ fashion writer Vanessa Friedman:
When is a shoe not just a shoe?
When it is a pair of very high, needle-thin heels worn by the first lady of the United States on her way to the site of a natural disaster. Then it becomes a symbol for what many see as the disconnect between the Trump administration and reality; another example of the way in which this president and his family continue to define “appropriate” their own way; and an excuse for partisan name-calling.
While it’s true Mrs. Trump had changed by the time the plane landed in Texas — she entered the state wearing white sneakers, white T-shirt, and a baseball cap with the word “FLOTUS” across the front — that didn’t stop the American people from falling into a highly suggestive alpha state to begin conceiving stiletto-fixated memes at an alarming rate.
Here’s how that’s been going:
— Clarity (@plerf) August 29, 2017
Which stiletto should Melania wear next time she's visits people who've lost everything pic.twitter.com/2PNqn154Y2
— David Samples ? (@NatureGuy101) August 29, 2017
W H communique
Donald wears Barbour bomber and Timberlands.
Melania wears woolwich blouson and Bruno magli stiletto. pic.twitter.com/dNJ80VCzyb
— John Einar Funck (@EinarFunck) August 29, 2017
I know where I have seen Melania Trump before…Stiletto Gate. pic.twitter.com/QHDGEmIDNU
— ??IDIOCRACY??? (@buzzbuzz7987) August 29, 2017
Thank u so much for lending your fashion support to the good people of Texas! Wow Melania! A fierce yet sensible stiletto rescued me 4 sure! pic.twitter.com/QDCvvTLX0E
— Anika Reitman (@AnikaCorina) August 29, 2017
"Stiletto pumps in da flood." – Melania pic.twitter.com/evFUZqqxOO
— Ashley (@happyveganista) August 29, 2017
— California Satellite (@JerryBrownRocks) August 29, 2017
— Linda (@lindachilders1) August 29, 2017
— Martín Paredes (@martinparedes) August 29, 2017
1st Lady Melania Trump In 5 inch stiletto heels
boarding AF1 Headed 2 Texas Disaster ?
***SO OUT OF TOUCH*** pic.twitter.com/r3GpHRPJKF
— jeanann bogar (@JeanannBogar) August 29, 2017
Melania Trump is wearing stiletto heels to a disaster zone? Did she think the flooding was gone already? pic.twitter.com/0PQ8fOcTAx
— Stacey Looker (@staceylee1012) August 29, 2017
More Trump Tweets that did not age well. and Melania in Stiletto heels OMFG when the rich circulate among the peasants pic.twitter.com/uvHBKkOzx0
— Manolete John Garcia (@MJGarciaKCMO) August 29, 2017
— Maverick™ ? (@spooney35) August 29, 2017
— Marco Del Chiaro (@Getthefacts2016) August 29, 2017