Shoes to Swear (In) By
Without a ticket for tomorrow’s historic inauguration, Insider sadly will not be getting a first-person look at the First Family’s footwear. But the shoe crowd weighed in on what they would pick to wear for their own swearings-in. Danny Wasserman of New York’s Tip Top Shoes said he’d go patriotic in navy-blue New Balance 993s. “They’re made in the U.S. — it says it on the back. And black is a little somber, gray is a little bright. I’d wear navy with a white stripe. And a red tie!” Designer Ruthie Davis was also thinking color, selecting her fall ’09 Sport pump (at left). “When I see these pumps, it just makes me psyched to put them on with a sleek black pencil skirt and a crisp white shirt and conquer the world,” she said. Jimlar’s Larry Tarica felt the same way, selecting Frye harness boots — “tastefully in black.” His reasoning? “They make you feel strong and ready to take on all challenges, and they are, of course, uniquely American.” David Zaken of the eponymous David Z chain said he’d go dressy — in “a nice Italian suit and a pair of Gucci classic loafers” — and so would David Ortiz of sneakerspot Dave’s Quality Meat. “For something as important as the inauguration, I would wear a classic black suit and a white shirt with a blue-and-white stripe tie — along with the Converse [shoe] I made for [AIDS charity] Project Red,” said Ortiz (above). Two Ten Footwear Foundation President Peggy Kim Meill said she’d wear the Merrell Montreal style she had on at that moment because of its funky looks and high comfort factor. But the smartest pick may have come from Meill’s assistant, Mary Hehir, who said she’d wear her tall Ugg boots against the chilly January weather.
All in the Family
Skechers is taking it to the runway for the latest edition of its “Nothing Compares to Family” campaign. The Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based company revealed exclusively to Insider that model (and expectant mom) Niki Taylor and her family — husband and NASCAR-star Burney Lamar and twin sons Hunter and Jake — will appear in the company’s spring ’09 print campaign (at left). In keeping with the charitable bent of the series, Taylor’s ads support Mercy Ministries’ residential treatment centers for young women.