Thank you, Nice Deb!
Jay Randhawa, a brand director at House of Brands Inc. in San Diego, says he was surprised to learn that Gov. Palin was introduced as Mr. McCain’s vice-presidential choice wearing a red pair of peep-toe pumps with 3½-inch heels. The shoes, marketed by his company’s Naughty Monkey line, generally are geared to women in their early to mid-20s who go clubbing, he says.
“The age bracket we target is a little younger. It’s a very edgy, very hip, very street brand,” adds Mr. Randhawa.
Celebrities like Paris Hilton had been photographed in the brand’s shoes, but seldom, if ever, a 40-something politician.
Mr. Randhawa says he realized that Gov. Palin’s footwear choice offered the chance to pitch the Naughty Monkey line to a new demographic. The company quickly sent out emails to its retailers with a photo of the Alaska governor wearing the shoes and the slogan “I vote for Naughty Monkey!”
Don’t miss the slide show.
On second thought,
Today is my birthday, and I’m celebrating by ordering these.
Especially when many female celebrities cultivate an untouchable, pricier-than-thou image, Palin’s dressed-down, realistic look resonates with voters who themselves don’t have thousands in their clothes budget or a stylist on call.
Lisa Schiffren points out,
for the record, that is the second pair of ruby-red shoes she has worn in the last two weeks.
A splendid choice, especially for us who love red shoes.
David All, who was at the RNC last week, sent photos of other shoe choices during the convention. McCain was wearing his Ferragamo loafers while Palin wore open-toe pumps:
Here’s the well-shod Palin family:
Well, yesterday was an “opportunity for growth” day*: For some reason I couldn’t access WordPress, while at the same time the (new) roof leaked for most of the afternoon and I had four bowls in the kitchen trying to catch the drips.
This morning the sun has come out, I can blog, and The Husband is in the attic collecting soaking-wet insulation into garbage bags so we won’t have home-grown mold taking over. For more homeowner fun, he’ll be clambering on the roof later to see what was the reason for the leaking roof.
On the blog part, I must thank the guys at David All Group, especially the brilliant and handsome Joe Mansour, for the excellent service. At all times of day or night they have come through. They moved this blog from Blogger to WordPress and have provided unequal support and service. If you are considering hiring a web service provider, go the All way.
Special thanks also to the dozen readers who emailed asking about the blog troubles. I really appreciate your support.
Since it’s Sunday, it’s time to think shoes – not that I need any excuse for that – and Beth (who’s going to be a grandmother) yesterday sent me this photo of the shoes Palin wore on Thursday at the RNC:
(By the way, those are not McCain’s shoes you’re looking at. McCain was wearing a matched suit, as you can see here)
Her shoes remind me a lot of the Ferragamo Ribes
However, the shoes Palin’s wearing in the photo are different.
Could it be that we are looking at the Ferragamo ticket? I can only hope so. Ferragamos are my favorite shoes.
Of course the party of envy and class struggle will have canniptions over the Republicans’ Ferragamos. They already have over McCain’s Ferragamo loafers (last year it was Fred’s turn), and right now they’re shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you! over Cindy McCain’s $300,000 Outfit, even when Mrs McCain is a wealthy woman in her own right, and in a free market democracy one can buy whatever one may best please. Once punitive inheritance taxes are paid, one may also inherit pearls and diamonds. When you have Secret Service protection one can wear the real thing, too.
Which, as it turns out, may or may not be a $300,000 outfit. Here’s how they break it down:
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
So let’s look at the numbers, if you can bear with me.
The Oscar de la Renta dress and the Chanel watch are easy enough to recognize. However, only an expert can assess the value of a pearl necklace (and the expert would need an x-ray machine to ascertain if the pearls are natural or cultured) or diamond earrings (again, with a loupe). And, who knows what the shoes would cost in the “designer unknown” category?
The Vanity Fair editors, whose salaries and lifestyles depend on selling exactly the items Cindy McCain consumes, are outraged that she purportedly spends her money on such things instead of, say, the full array of back-to-school supplies and clothes for 500 kids. In all the years she’s been in public office I don’t recall Vanity Fair giving Nancy Pelosi the same kind of condemnation over Pelosi’s own Armani suits and Hermes scarves. After all, the $400 you spend on a Hermes scarf will pay for “the full array of back-to-school supplies and clothes” for a couple of kids. Or so would Vanity Fair would have you believe. (The mind wonders how many orphans from Mother Theresa’s orphanage has Nancy adopted, too, but I digress.)
One can only speculate how many Vanity Fair editors were sporting Chanel watches as they wrote and edited those two articles.
Or perhaps their brands of choice veer towards the more traditional Rolex and Cartier? I do recall seeing Graydon Carter wear a Cartier tank watch years ago.
Be that as it may, in this our country, where people like me come in search of opportunity, anyone can aspire to buy oneself beautiful quality items produced from around the world, with one’s own hard-earned money, and enjoy the comforts of prosperity, just like anyone else, without being preached by The One or those who feel they know what’s best for you.
*My late friend Pat used to refer to things which try your patience as “F.O.G.s” or “f*****g opportunty for growth.”
This week’s WSJ’s Five Best Books on presidential administrations, selected by Fred Siegel:
Wednesday morning at the Red State bloggers’ brunch buffet table:
Cathy: “Hi! You must be Fausta.”
Me: “Yes, I am! How did you know?”
Cathy: “I recognized you from your shoes.”
I was wearing a pair of red patent Nina slingbacks which look a lot like these, which sadly are no longer available in red patent leather,:
Thursday afternoonat the Xcel Center, weaving our way through the maze in our high heels, after walking miles in sneakers:
Pamela: “We’re walking like women who’ve spent the whole day in slippers and just put on high heels!”
I’d be much obliged if anyone can find a photo of the shoes Cindy McCain and Sarah Palin wore to McCain’s speech. From the Press area I could tell they were high heel open toe pumps, but not much else.
The other day I posted about Sarah Palin’s shoes,
I mistakenly selected the wrong pair of shoes, but now the store where she bought them wrote,
These are naughty monkey shoes she is wearing look at the buckle placement and I know for a fact that she bought these shoes at shoe fly alaska.
I have attached orginal email from owner
I have also attached shoe pic
Can you please correct.
On one last note, we sold our Governor a pair of red Double Dare Naughty Monkey shoes a couple of weeks ago. She just wore those shoes as John McCain announced Governor Sarah Palin from Alaska as his vice president running mate. Although not everyone agrees with her politics, everyone can agree that she wears “sexy shoes.”
DBA: Shoefly + Hudsons
109 Seward Street
Juneau, AK 99801
The shoes are here!
It’s Sunday morning and I’m in the mood for classic movies. And what better than classic movies showcasing men in white tie? Here are three versions:
Sexy-with-sense-of-humor: Clark Gable
Fred Astaire, the premiere dancer of his generation:
And the Young Frankensteens:
Now, to get that tune off your brain, here’s more Fred in what’s probably my favorite Hollywood dance number:
This week’s WSJ’s Five Best books on political conventions, selected by CBS’s Jeff Greenfield:
Today’s shoes, suitable for a white tie affair, the Luichiny Duchess availabe in five colors.
With the exception of the men’s swimming relay (for which I stayed up last night in spite of not getting much sleep the night before), I haven’t been watching the Olympics, so I missed this:
Kobe Bryant Schools Liberal NBC Announcer On Patriotism (my bold print)
Chris Collinsworth: Tell the story when you first got your USA uniform.
Kobe Bryant: Well I had goosebumps and I actually just looked at it for awhile. I just held it there and I laid it across my bed and I just stared at it for a few minutes; just because as a kid growing up this is the ultimate, ultimate in basketball.
Collinsworth: Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?
Kobe: Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say “You know what? Our country is the best!”
Collinsworth: Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by(?)
Kobe: No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.
Video at Ms Underestimated has the video, which is also on YouTube, editorial bubbles and all:
However, Q&O sees Collingworth’s differently,
To me it seemed like Collinsworth was simply trying to set Kobe up to say how awesome patriotism is, and how much he loves America. If you’ve watched any Olympics coverage ever, then this is exactly the kind of saccharine backstory pablum fed to the viewers, regardless of who the interviewer is, or which network is providing the coverage. It’s a part of the basic formula: controversy, hard luck, sick/dead relative, USA! USA! USA! So I don’t think the question was Collinsworth’s opinion, but instead a softball for Kobe to tee off on.
Either way, thank you Kobe.
The WSJ has a terrific slideshow of Michael Phelps winning his 8th gold medal.
All of us middle aged and older remember being excited when Mark Spitz won his seven golds.
This week’s WSJ’s Five Best books on historical conquest, selected by David Day:
This week’s shoes: