And now for a fashion intelligence test:

Choose the item that does not belong:
a. Official state visit
b. Queen Elizabeth II
c. Cardigan.

Choose the item that does not belong:
a. Official visit in the morning
b. Gordon Brown
c. Sequined cardigan

Choose the item that does not belong:
a. Recession
b. Feeding America food bank
c. $540 Lanvin sneakers

If you chose c on all of the above you are a person who understands that the occasion requires that you adapt what you wear. However, if you believe that you are above such rules and that you are the one who will set the tone, the trend and the form of all events that you grace by your exalted presence, you will, consistently, see nothing wrong with c.


Four people sent me this link:

First Lady Michelle Obama steps out in Lanvin sneakers and they’re only $540!

Michelle Obama has taken casual to a haute new level.

While volunteering Wednesday at a D.C. food bank, the First Lady sported her usual J.Crew cardigan, a pair of utilitarian capri pants and, on her feet, a sneaky splurge: trainers that go for $540.

That’s right: These sneakers – suede, with grosgrain ribbon laces and metallic pink toe caps – are made by French design house Lanvin, one of fashion’s hottest labels. They come in denim and satin versions, and have been a brisk seller all spring.

If you go to the Feeding America Food Bank website and click on the Fill A Magic Summer Lunchbox, you can

Fill a Magic Summer Lunchbox and help feed a child all summer long for only $36!

$540 ÷ $36 = 15 children.

Frugal shoes Friday!

I don’t begrudge Michelle Obama’s fashion choices. The point is that she begrudges so many other Americans’ choices in how they earn their money. Will have more to say about that later. But for now: Happy Frugal Shoe Friday!

Here’s what I’m wearing,


J. Crew flats in a William Morris print, from a couple of years ago, bought on sale for $55.

Update 2
Michelle Obama: For the first time in her life, she’s proud… of her shoes

Update 3
Via Larwyn, Just One Minute links to Starbury‘s shoes. $15, and fabulous.


13 Responses to “And now for a fashion intelligence test:”

  1. Obi's Sister Says:

    Cute shoes! (Yours, not hers)

  2. newton Says:

    I wear Crocs. And ASICS running shoes.

    And neither of them cost $500.

  3. Fausta Says:

    ASICS are great, aren’t they!

  4. Pat Patterson Says:

    I guess some Babbitts are more equal than other Babbitts!

  5. Will E. Coyote Says:

    Nice feet, Fausta!

  6. Fausta Says:


  7. Allyson Rowen Taylor Says:

    I love my dansk clogs. No pain, no bad back, just love walking without care!

  8. Will E. Coyote Says:

    My pleasure! =] On another note, I recall that a while back you mentioned you wanted to start up a MEMRI type site to translate speeches, etc. from Spanish into English. I was reminded of how useful that would be by Chavez’s pompous May Day speech yesterday. Did you get much response to the idea?

  9. newton Says:

    Do you have a copy of that speech, Will E?

    Post a link in the comments section. Fausta will be able to do something with it. Or maybe I can do something with it as well.

  10. expat Says:

    Great taste, Fausta. I love William Morris. Can’t say the same for Michelle or her sneaks.

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  12. Will E. Coyote Says:


    I haven’t been able to find any transcripts online yet, but you can watch the speech (if you can bear it) on youtube: I’m able to help out on some translations as well, if this Spanish MEMRI idea gets off the ground. Cheers.

  13. k Says:

    I miss Laura Bush.