Bush Shoe Toss Joins Great Moments in Footwear

Sure we deplore violence as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean we could entirely suppress a smile when an Iraqui reporter threw not one but two of his shoes at President Bush’s press conference and shouted, “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” during his surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday. I mean, how many times have you wanted to hurl something other than invective at your TV when W. starts fulminating?

The whole incidence got us thinking about other great moments in footwear:

Anyone out there remember that before his recent conviction on kidnapping charges (hooray) O.J. Simpson described one piece of incriminating evidence in his previous trial, the size 12 1/2 Bruno Maglis he was wearing the night of the murders of his wife and her friend Ron Goldman, as “ugly-ass shoes?”

And what of Imelda Marcos, widow of the dictator Fernando Marcos, who was the original Carrie Bradshaw, if that nice girl had a repellent political agenda. Before the Blahnik era, Marcos owned an astonishing 1060 pairs of shoes. (But only 888 handbags.)

And let’s not forget Cinderella, an exploited domestic worker who found fame and redemption solely (sorry!) because her foot was smaller than normal.


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