The Kate Spade Wedge: The Politician’s Secret Wardrobe Weapon

Forget Hillary Clinton’s pantsuit (gladly) and Sarah Palin’s banana clips (done). Here’s a political fashion statement far more palatable and subtle. According to The New York Times, female politicians pay worship to a particular shoe, a Kate Spade wedge called the Halle. Apparently, they’re a bit of a thing in Washington (one congressional candidate tells the Times that she learned about the kicks from someone who worked with Hillary). Comfortable, chic, and modest, it’s easy to see why the Halle would be favored by young political types who need to negotiate between poles of being too sexy or extremely dowdy.

We have to wonder if Washington has already drained the supply, as the Kate Spade model isn’t widely available. You can’t find it on the designer’s website, but, if you are interested, there’s a scant pair here and there on eBay, as well as a stock of the shoes on Piperlime, which, after a Times story like this, will surely sell out in no time. [$298, Piperlime via New York Times]