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Kamala Harris and Her Chuck Taylors Are a Mood We Want To Bask In

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 8, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 8, 2020 |


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Look: I’m not trying to suggest that I would vote for someone based on their shoewear, and I’m a little embarrassed that after I saw Kamala bounding out of a plane in Chuck Taylors that I also ordered a pair from among the styles that remained because there were a lot of sold-out Converse All-Stars today. And yet, after watching two old dudes dominate the airwaves for the last six months, and Biden and Trump bicker among each other about who has the most vitality and/or who is the least senile, it was just such a pleasure to see Kamala in Chucks walking with so much jubilance. I was not alone in my affection for this, either. Hell, even The Guardian wrote about those sneaks:

It is a small sartorial detail, but it is linked to the larger cultural moment in which we live. “Sneakers are a form of footwear finding their way into many women’s closets as part of a larger challenge to outmoded concepts of femininity,” says Elizabeth Semmelhack, the author of Sneaker X Culture: Collab. Traditionally, there is a standard shoe etiquette for women in political office - either alpha (see: Nancy Pelosi’s stilettos, Theresa May’s leopard print heels) or conservative (Elizabeth Warren’s slide sandals, Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit-matching kitten heels). Semmelhack believes Harris’s shoes signal action. “The sneakers are acting as the sartorial equivalent of being willing to roll up her sleeves,” she says. They suggest Harris “is a woman of action”.

Twitter, like many of us, felt the sense of hope wash over us.

I don’t have anything else to add, except how profoundly refreshing seeing this has been.




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