Skip to comments.What Recession? Michelle Obama Wears $635 Shoes on $4000 Per Night Hawaii Vacation
Posted on 12/28/2009 7:16:00 PM PST by kristinn
Photo: Huffington Post.
Photo: New York Magazine.
Barack Obama enjoys living like a king, so why shouldn't Michelle Obama live like a queen?
The First Lady was photographed last night in Hawaii wearing $635 per pair designer shoes by Maison Martin Margiela.
The shoe style is called "Leather open toe flat pumps." It features a "thin nude leather strap across the top of the toe."
A woman lucky enough to have a job in this economy and working for the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would have to work 88 hours (without taxes taken out) to make enough to pay for Michelle Obama's shoes. If she can get them on sale, they would only set her back $445 for 62 hours work.
The Obamas are staying at an $8.9 million estate for an estimated $4000 per night. To cover the Obama's ten night stay, the minimum wage worker would have to work two-and-a-half years (before taxes) to come up with the $40,000 Obama is reportedly laying out.
Obama has lectured Americans about how they can not expect to live their lives as indulgently as they have in the past. He has lectured businesses about their travel and pay. Yet Obama and his wife live like kings and queens.
The news media has yet to call him out on his extravagance when there is 10% unemployment with no sign of the employment picture improving this coming year.
Amazing how she has the gall to wear these expensive shoes in face of US recession,they have the gall to stay in an $8.9 million mansion for 2 WEEKS (very few Americans are taking lavish vacations over Xmas—especially for 2 weeks.) Can I just add that the shoes are hideous!!!!!!!!!!
"When Michelle Obama visited 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday morning, she wore a sparkly cream cardigan and mint green pencil skirt by J. Crew."
"No $150,000 wardrobe malfunctions for Michelle Obama", the fashion hyenas reported.
..Al Sharpton has connections to "designers". ;)
They’re fugly. But of course, I wouldn’t pay $635 for an entire outfit, so what do I know?
This is absolutely no different from any communist who takes over by getting power from telling the people how the rich have screwed them and then the new “king” proceeds to do the same but worse. All these people live like royalty while telling the people how ruined they are by the rich and of course say we have to keep them in power to rectify this. A very old scam.
Besides which, the shoes don’t look so great to me and I am someone who knows about these things.
I wonder if Michelle has one of these?
Maison Martin Margiela Christmas Decoration Coat
His new furniture line...
Hip Hop superstar Jay-Z cites his affinity for Margiela’s work on his 2009 hit single “Run This Town.”
Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer.
Martin Margiela has maintained an extremely low profile. He has never had his picture taken and remains backstage after his shows. All media contact is dealt with via fax. Maison Martin Margielas ultradiscreet trademark consists of a piece of cloth with the numbers 0-23
Margiela’s brand was acquired by the Diesel brand in 2002 and industry insiders quoted in the article suggested that Martin Margiela may desire to leave due to creative differences, or simply, “... a desire to enjoy his life outside the insistent glare of the fashion world.”
Martin Margiela to Leave Fashion House He Founded
PARIS The avant-garde Belgian designer Martin Margiela has quietly left the fashion house he built and he will not be replaced at the company, which has been majority owned by the Italian group Diesel since 2002.
Insiders had known for months that Mr. Margiela had left the company in all but name. The designers particular vision, which had focused on the authenticity of the vintage artisan fused with modern photo prints depicting wrinkles or handwork, was missing from recent shows.
“...would protect her work for three years from knock-offs.”
seems like she has no worries in that department...
He's so self-centered that it's likely he's incapable of showing her any measurable degree of attention.
She has her shoes and "fashion" and he has his arrogance and teleprompter.
You better get all you can now, Michelle. When your husband is shown to be the fraud he really is; no more POTUS or WH for you.
Go back to Kenya.
$635 for half a pair of shoes.........no wonder these people think nothing of running the national debt into the trillions.
If I were to set about to create a wardrobe that accented one's flaws and minimized one's advantages, it would be Michelle's Closet.
if she paid $635 for that pair of shoes...she was taken big time. I wouldn’t wear them anyway as there is no style to them but...if I did wear them I might give $9.95 but no more. $635????? Sinful.
Let them eat cake.
I didn’t think they looked so great either, and I am a guy do doesn’t know about such things.
There are shoes in that picture?
Them is some ug-uh-ly shoes. If one is going to spend a fortune on shoes, they should at least be cute. I know - I am a shoe-a-holic. . .at least that’s what my husband says.
What? Obama ain't paying crap! That is MY money he is spending on HIS vacation.
no fashion in those shoes I can tell ya. THen again...most of what is referred to as fashion today is ridiculous anyway.
I think she should be able to wear expensive things - she’s the First Lady. I also think those shoes are pretty weird.
You don't wear shoes of that category with JCrew.
Desiree Rogers, her "Commes des Garcons-wearing" Social Secretary was often seen at fashion shows (weekdays on the dime) sitting between editors of big fashion mags..I suspect it was all for Michelle as well, and not just about Rogers own "preening and self-indulgent" ways.
I do admit they need not dress in rags and loafers..but at least seek help from stylists like Rachel Zoe.
Again how does she afford all the clothes and shoes on her husbands salary? He must have sold a lot of books.
At least half the cost of those horseshoes is after-purchase labor. They look even worse with the bells & whistles and back-up beepers required by the Department of Transportation to warn people to get out of the way.
I recsll seeing the Obama girls boarding a plane carrying Prada backpacks just as the President was telling everyone we could not keep out thermostats at72 and blah, blah, be AMERICANS any more. What a complete hypocrit as he keeps the Oval Office nice and toasty all year round cause he wants it like Hawaii.
I’ve worn some toe shoes (the pink ones) in my time, which have heavily plaster-reinforced toes. I have always been curious about the “ghilies” of your second photo, used in Celtic dancing. How do they work?
Honestly, I'm genuinely surprised that she would even consider these shoes, given that the designer refers to the leather strap as being "nude." I would have thought Michelle would find offense in the description of the color of the strap as being "nude" in color. Didn't Crayola have to change the name of one of their crayons from "nude" to "peach-or-something" because Blacks said that the word nude had different meanings depending upon race?
It looks to me like these shoes are meant to be word by someone with much lighter skin than Michelle, and the strap is meant to be nearly invisible.
I just find it curious, that's all. Of course, I have little to no fashion sense myself ... loving jeans and sweatshirts as I do!
That girl has some serious combat legs.
sometimes spell check is of no help
I’m beginning to think we are in a race and fashion war with MO and Palin leading the charge on each side.
Just think .. just one shoe would pay my heating bill for the month
If it’s a fashion war, Sarah is winning.
LOL - boy do I understand. I love her shoes.
# Maison Martin Margiela
# Spring Summer 09
Glad to help. I thought those shoes resembled the “avant-garde” numbers pictured in post #12, (see also post #89).
She can wear expensive things if she or 0bama pay for it and not us taxpayers.
However, under the current circumstances with our recession, they should take a page out of the Carter workbook..set the WH temp at 60, and not be so showy....
but then again,,he is king and she is queen...in their own fantasy.
Yes, Sarah is winning but MO and the press don’t know that.
Or so it seems.
At least those shoes are consistent. UGLY for an UGLY woman!
My eyes! My eyes!
Almost as bad as a pic of Helen.
The dumb $%&#** paid how much for those things? She should have invested in a manicure for those sasquatch feet!
---Now, why does my wallet feel $600 lighter?
That's funny! Maybe $635 for the bottom half isn't so bad when you figure the weight they're subjected to!
Good God, she is such a Sasquatch!