What Footwear Should the Obamas Wear?

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president will usher in a new era of politics and bring some fresh style to the White House.

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Baby Phat design for Malia Obama.

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Nine West Kids design for Sasha Obama.

Photo By Corbis Outline

“The flip-up, flip-down collar mirrors Malia’s life going into the White House — both open to public viewing, but with the option to ‘flip up’ and keep some things private if she chooses. The shoe features two sets of laces: black for her edgier, grownup side and white/magenta for her sweet ‘Daddy’s girl’ side.”
Kimora Lee Simmons
President and creative director, Baby Phat

“In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Sasha asked, ‘Mommy, when are we getting ice cream?’ Her big sister Malia joined in with, ‘We’re getting ice cream? Ice cream is my favorite food. I could eat ice cream forever.’ After reading that, I decided on a ‘Life Is Sweet’ theme. I chose a vulcanized construction for its current fashion popularity, as well as its enduring kid appeal. For little sister Sasha, I chose a sour-grape suede upper with sprinkles, which I believe suits her spunky personality and is age appropriate. Not to be confused with her big sis, Sasha’s name is spelled out in candy-barwrapper letters appliquéd on the outer quarter.”
Paula Hyde
VP of design, Nine West Kids


“This shoe was designed to be youthful and feminine, like Malia, but also signifies strength, unity and courage, which is what her family’s place in the White House represents. The mixture of colors is representative of the combining of cultures, the tiger tattoo symbolizes strength, while the dominant color — pink — plays up Malia’s girly side.”
Marvin Williams
Designer, Ed Hardy

“I noticed that Malia has a very refined sense of style for a young lady but she still looks fresh and young. She has a very fashion-forward look intertwined with a timeless sensibility. So I married those two styles by taking something classic, like a basic ballerina silhouette, and placing a design detail in an unconventional place to create a modern spin on a traditional piece.”
Angelo Estrada
Designer, Chinese Laundry

“Nina is a very strong dress resource, so we decided to focus on the dress category. We also did some research and found that in many photos, the Obama girls are wearing flats. It is still the current fashion, and we thought it would be the best type of style for them. Next year will be [their] first Christmas in the White House. They will need a pair of dazzling holiday shoes. For Sasha, we created a black patent fl at trimmed with satin ribbon and festive holiday ornaments.”
Ken Masiello
Design director, Nina Kids (sketch by Nina Kids designer Lana Klemeyer)



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