Kamala Harris arrived in Milwaukee for her first trip as the Democratic vice presidential nominee on Monday, appearing to challenge the traditional culture of political attire for women by wearing a casual outfit with black Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers.
The video showing Harris in sneakers easily skipping down steps while descending from the plane rocked Twitter, with people praising her for not caring about "proper" dress code for women and assuming that the outfit is her way to show that she is "getting to work".
Users immediately described her appearance in Milwaukee as "like a boss", "cool" and "rocking those Chucks".
Kamala Harris arrives in Milwaukee for meetings this afternoon in her black hightop Chuck Taylor Converse LIKE A BOSS. pic.twitter.com/auSGfTYkso— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 7, 2020
Some users suggested that the move could raise sales for Chuck Taylors, even asserting they would buy a Biden-Harris edition of sneakers.
To Whom It May Concern: I would buy #BidenHarris2020 high tops.— Brendie Vance (@BrendieVance) September 7, 2020
She’s so cool. Kamala represents me.— ChrissyR - We The People Will Build Back Better. (@nnp_chrissy) September 7, 2020
How much do I love that she's campaigning in Chuck Taylors? Turns out a whole lot.— She says (@S_Lynne_13) September 7, 2020
Some made parallels with how other women in politics usually dress, insisting that Harris' outfit showed that she was up to do "real business".
Notice how a real woman wears converse & pants getting out of a plane to do some real business.— Branka Jovic (@branka_jovic) September 7, 2020
Melania travels in flowing skirts so her hands are 2 busy holding them down, not having to intertwine with trump’s.
Minor point BUT MAJOR difference!
I'm giddy over her sneakers. No more pumps, no high heels. There's so much power you're denied when you're forced to wear disabling shoes. She's endorsing a revolution, and I am signing up.— RNhomecare (@ZNursinga) September 7, 2020
Suit jacket✔— I, a name I call myself. (@MrsWailand) September 7, 2020
Fans of Chuch Taylor sneakers shared their shoes, joking that "Generation X entered the chat", referring to how these sneakers are popular among a particular age demographic.
Those black high-top Chuck Taylors are almost as nice as mine. Might get me a pair of those tho. pic.twitter.com/dt539i5Po5— Larry K (@Getsmart4) September 7, 2020
Some speedily decorated their sneakers in honor of Harris.
Harris' preference to comfortable shoes is long known, as she told The Cut earlier in 2018 that she has a collection of Chuck Taylors and appeared in sneakers in 2019 while campaigning as a Democratic presidential hopeful.