Melania Trump has a hurricane style routine – and it’s a deft political play from the first lady.
On Tuesday, she was once again spotted in stiletto heels as she boarded a plane to a hurricane-devastated region.
In August, the first lady was mocked for wearing sky-high stilettos as she headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. This time, she was boarding the plane heading to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria hit two weeks ago.
By the time Trump landed in Puerto Rico, she had changed out of her stilettos into a pair of Timberland work boots.
She was wearing an outfit distinctly similar to the one she wore to Texas (and to Florida, after Hurricane Irma): stylish, form-fitting jeans and a baseball cap.
Some people – mostly on the left – had snarky comments about Trump’s outfit (specifically, her shoe choice) on Tuesday.
Oh @MELANIATRUMP hope you don't get blisters from those new work boots- are they steel toed or from the new Michael Kors collection
— Truthseeker (@joycedigi) October 3, 2017
Melania & Trump arrived in Puerto Rico… WHY Did Melania need to change outfits, ? This is not a modeling show,,
— M. Smile : ) (@Marose111) October 3, 2017
Here we go again… Not sure Melania Trump is prepared for her visit to Puerto Rico pic.twitter.com/4Ynd21SQLt
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) October 3, 2017
“Much the way her ‘flood heels’ left many feeling she was out of touch with the difficulties Texans were facing after Harvey, her white jeans may reiterate she’s not here to get dirty,” Cara Kelly wrote in USA Today. “These are photo op pants.”
However, many others – especially supporters of the president – saw the backlash against Trump as yet another sign of how out of touch the “liberal elite” and media are.
Here we go again.
Libtards mocking Melania Trump over her wearing Timberland boots while assisting in Puerto Rico. pic.twitter.com/9M848J9sKF
— GRANT J. KIDNEY ???????? (@GrantJKidney) October 4, 2017
The left: Melania wore stilettos to board a plane! Texas is doomed!
Also the left: Melania wore work boots to PR. Keep screaming!
— ????????JmyNAMEisJILL (@JmyNAMEisJILL) October 3, 2017
The same people who criticized Melania Trump for wearing stilettos now criticize her for wearing Timberland boots. ????
— Steve (@Steveonomics) October 4, 2017
As the first lady, Trump makes fashion choices deliberately and strategically. She is aware of the message she is sending, which is typically one of aspirational luxury.
She is mocked for being naked, wearing shoes… Do you get the idea that this is a NO WIN GAME that MSM is playing? https://t.co/HcdwniBG0r
— Dave Jones (@mdj17) October 4, 2017
Melania Trump just made an epic move, and liberals are going to be livid… again. https://t.co/1LJcK99yTa
— Conservative 50 (@Conservative_50) October 4, 2017
I like to dream that Melania chooses her ensembles just to piss off liberals. https://t.co/crGCSwpSZk
— SueBee ???????? (@theonlysuebee) October 4, 2017
When the first lady wore stilettos while heading to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, she must have known that people would react. However, it’s likely that left-leaning criticism wasn’t necessarily a concern – what was more important was proving she could rise above backlash, with a wink to supporters.
And many people saw the shoes as sending exactly that message.
@FLOTUS Hi Melania, just a polite compliment; people + media mock at you when you dress nice, then when you dress down, etc etc. You are a good looking woman whom uses style how you feel. Don't change whom you are. What is it they want, for you to dress like Hilary? Ummm, no !!
— GIANNI S. (@Gianni_Sharks19) October 4, 2017
I agree. Melania and her grace is so underrated. I wish media and more in America would not be so cruel.
— TrumpNolaMom (@pedsscrub) October 4, 2017
I bet Melania wore work boots just to prove it's all about emotionally immature liberals, not her shoes.
She's all "Challenge accepted." pic.twitter.com/q0Xz8xhc08
— ????????JmyNAMEisJILL (@JmyNAMEisJILL) October 4, 2017
Wearing stilettos in a hurricane-devastated region would be difficult for even the president’s supporters to encourage. But by wearing high heels on the way and then switching into a stylish but more practical uniform, the first lady creates a win-win scenario.
Even if there is some backlash to her high-heeled fashion, it’s met by people set on defending the Trump administration – and they have plenty of ammunition, thanks to the more hurricane-ready looks she dons once her plane lands.
Fashion is political for the first lady, and it looks as though Trump has figured out how to give her base what they want.