Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP
Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP
Mary Schmich
Opinion

Opinion

Mary Schmich

The meaning of Kamala Harris’ shoes: why her Converse sneakers make such a powerful political statement for women

  • Reports about Harris’ sneakers are often dismissed as trivial, distracting or sexist, but, in fact, her choice of shoes – sneakers over heels – is meaningful
  • Ask heel-wearers why they wear them and many will tell you it’s because heels make them look better. But look better for whom?

Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP
Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks during an event in Orlando, Florida – wearing sneakers on stage. Photo: AFP
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