As larger size shoe style icons go, there can be none better than the fabulous Michelle Obama. After all, style crushes may come and go as fast as fashion trends and social media moments, but when it comes to stepping out with confidence in front of the whole world with a non-standard issue body size, then Michelle Obama has been showing us how it is done for nearly a decade. Yup, I’m a fangirl.
I mean, whatever your politics, or wherever you live, you have to admit — this lady is no mannequin. She is a powerful, highly intelligent woman, unafraid to express herself through fashion, unapologetic about her imposing 5’11” height, and unashamed of her size 11.5 feet. Seriously ladies, what is not to love?
The First Lady of Style herself has said, “Fashion plays an important role in my confidence.” And it really shows. From preppy flat pumps, through flirty kitten heels, to all-out killer heels, she plays with the stuffy and boring traditions of Washington power dressing and writes a new dress code of what is appropriate, often using bold color and statement styles that show a sense of individuality and fun.
So to honor the First Lady of Fabulous Footwear, here’s our favorites among her big size shoe styles, plus her favorite big shoe brands:
Pretty and practical, Michelle Obama’s collection of flat pumps and ballet flats are probably my favorite thing about her shoe style. Heels are great — but only when you feel like wearing them— so Mrs O’s decision to skip the heels for certain occasions in favor of go-anywhere flats is a (comfortable) step forward for practical fashion we can all appreciate.
Typically in either a black or neutral patent to add interest to a low-key look, or a bold bright for a complimentary pop of color, Michelle Obama’s seems to love a pointed toe — opposite to most advice for wearing a larger size shoe. She also wears a lot of metallic flats to add up to date interest to flat styles.
Among her flat pump collection are Cole Haan ballet flats, J. Crew, and on the recent presidential visit to India, Jimmy Choo Attilla metallic flats (pictured center right).
Commander in Chic Kitten Heels
Michelle Obama has been credited with bringing back the kitten heel into the professional woman’s closet in 2008, so we have wearable heels to thank her for. With styles spanning the range of classic (often with that pointy toe shape), slingbacks and peep-toe, and materials including patents for glossy polish, as well as snakeskin and crocodile-effect leathers to add interest to classic styles and combinations, Michelle Obama has made the style her own, and consistently looked great.
While her favorite brand seems to be Jimmy Choo for elegant kitten heels (she busts out her black patent and her metallic Aza pumps a lot), she also wears Diane von Furstenberg, J. Crew, and even Zara sometimes.
Mrs O. Boots
Famous for her flats and kitten heels, Michelle Obama should equally be celebrated for her fabulously styled boots. Kitten-heeled or flat, they are understated, chic, and yes, practical, but often with a little twist — a just glimpsed over the knee, or a chunky chain.
Confirmed sightings include Tory Burch boots in the White House pumpkin patch (pictured), Reed Krakoff for the first inauguration in 2009 (pictured main image), and once again, Jimmy Choo.
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So what do you think ladies? Is Michelle Obama your large size shoe icon, or do you have another favorite? Let us know why in the comments below.