When spending time with Sarah Jessica Parker, the queen of shoes both on and offscreen, it’s understandable you’d want to step up your own shoe game in a major way. That’s exactly what Michelle Obama did this week when she met up with SJP at the Brooklyn stop of the former first lady’s Becoming book tour on Wednesday evening.
For the event, Obama wore a pair of glittery gold over-the-knee boots by Balenciaga, according to Vogue. The “Knife” boots feature a pointed toe and a stiletto heel, are constructed from sequined stretch fabric, and retail for $3,900. Rather than allow the show-stopping boots to take center stage, though, Obama took a very maximalist approach, pairing them with a bright yellow silk wrap dress, also by Balenciaga, with a high-low hemline that perfectly framed her boots in the front and trailed down almost to the floor in the back. She completed the look with $550 “Baby Jamma” hoop earrings by Jennifer Fisher.
Parker also opted for an overwhelmingly sparkly ensemble, though hers comprised a pair of metallic oil-slick stilettos and a glittery black dress with three-quarter-length sleeves. In any other setting, Parker’s outfit would’ve been dramatically over-the-top, but next to Obama’s stunning look, SJP’s sparkle-on-sparkle looked comparatively tame.
During her chat with Parker at Wednesday’s event, Obama spoke about her decision to wear as many up-and-coming designers as possible during her time as First Lady, Page Six reports. “I did know that my clothes were making a statement, I knew that was the case. So we decided, Why don’t we use this platform to uplift some young new designers who normally wouldn’t get this kind of attention? Because you can change their lives,” she said, adding, “which is one of the reasons why we chose Jason Wu for my inaugural gown.”
In the eight years following the night when Obama wore that gorgeous Jason Wu gown, she went on to wear emerging American designers like Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell, Thakoon, and Maria Pinto, among many, many others. And somehow, since leaving the White House, she’s stepped up her fashion game even further, boosting sales from Teija Eilola’s eponymous brand after wearing one of its chic blouses during a vacation in Italy in 2017, and filling her book-tour wardrobe with pieces from designers like Pyer Moss, Givenchy, Emilia Wickstead, and Cushnie.
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Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen at a state dinner in Washington, D.C., January 2011.
Michelle Obama in Azzedine Alaïa in Baden-Baden, Germany, April 2009.
Michelle Obama in Ralph Lauren in London, England, May 2011.
Michelle Obama in Michael Kors on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, January 2012.
Michelle Obama in Thom Browne at President Obama’s second inauguration in Washington, D.C., January 2013.
Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera at a state dinner in Berlin, Germany, June 2013.
Michelle Obama in Marchesa at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., May 2014.
Michelle Obama in Bibhu Mohabaptra at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in Washington, D.C., September 2014.
Michelle Obama in Zac Posen at the BET Black Girls Rock! special in Newark, New Jersey, March 2015.
Michelle Obama in Mary Katrantzou in London, England, June 2015.
Michelle Obama in Christopher Kane in London, England, June 2015.
Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera at the arrival of Pope Francis in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, September 2015.
Michelle Obama in Vera Wang at a state dinner in Washington, D.C., September 2015.
Michelle Obama in Tanya Taylor in Washington, D.C., March 2016.
Michelle Obama in Jason Wu at a state dinner in Washington, D.C., March 2016.
Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera arriving in Havana, Cuba, March 2016.
Michelle Obama in BCBG at the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, May 2016.
Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan at the Nordic state dinner in Washington, D.C., May 2016.
Michelle Obama in Hugo Boss speaking with Oprah in Washington, D.C., June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Marni in Monrovia, Liberia, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Proenza Schouler in Marrakech, Morroco, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Peter Pilotto in Marrakech, Morocco, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Proenza Schouler arriving in Madrid, Spain, June 2016.
Michelle Obama in Preen in Madrid, Spain, July 2016.
Michelle Obama in Christian Siriano arriving at a memorial for police officers killed in Dallas, Texas, July 2016.
Michelle Obama in Christian Siriano at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 2016.
Michelle Obama in Brandon Maxwell at a state dinner honoring the first family of Singapore in Washington, D.C., August 2016.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 08: First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities poetry reading to honor student poets at the White House, September 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first lady honored five students with the nation’s highest honor for teen poets presenting original work. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan at the Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., September 2016.
Michelle Obama in Self-Portrait at the Broadway Shine a Light event in New York, New York, September 2016.