Rocking Rubio ditches those boots. For now?

January 7, 2016

Marco Rubio was not impressed. The day after the Florida senator titillated the Twittersphere with his shiny stacked-heel boots, he was dismissive when a supporter at a town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire mentioned the uproar.

Rubio appeared to to fight off a little  annoyance when answering the attendee’s question.

“So let me get this right: ISIS is cutting people’s heads off, setting people on fire in cages. Saudi Arabia and Iran are on the verge of a war, the Chinese are landing airplanes on islands that they built and say belong to them in what are international waters, or in some ways territorial waters. Our economy has flatlined, the stock market’s falling apart, but boy are we getting a lot of coverage about a pair of boots!” Rubio said to laughs from the crowd at Nashua Community College.

“This is craziness.”

Crazy or not, everyone seemed to want in on the act. And perhaps the real question is what took everyone so long to notice those boots. Rubio seemed to ditch the boots them in Nashua today, appearing at his latest campaign meeting in just a regular pair of street shoes. However, a search through Reuters photo archives shows that the candidate has previously worn those boots–or at least similar-looking footwear–to navigate the icy sidewalks of New Hampshire.

Ditching the boots: Rubio wore regular shoes to his Dec. 7 campaign town hall meeting at Nashua Community College in Nashua, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Another boot appearance? Rubio (R) and staff members depart after a campaign town hall meeting in Rochester, New Hampshire December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Are these the boots again? Rubio and his wife Jeanette leave George’s Diner in Meredith, New Hampshire, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Then his rivals for the Republican nomination in the party election process also got in on the fun, with Carly Fiorina tweeting a picture of a black velveteen boot over a Carly for America poster with the caption: Yeah, Marco Rubio, but can you rock these?

Senator Rand Paul prodded Rubio by showing off a pair of loud gold boots, saying he was just trying to decide what shoes he should wear. “We’ve seen Rubio has those cute new boots, and I don’t want to be outdone,” he said.

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