In Donald Trump's America, you really don't have to think twice before wearing ridiculously expensive velvet slippers to a presidential address.
Just ask recently confirmed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, 79, who is believed to have donned a pair of Stubbs & Wootton smoking slippers customized with the Department of Commerce's emblem to hear Trump speak on Tuesday night.
Now, you may be asking yourself, "Who pays more than like $50 for a good pair of slippers, let alone $495 to $650?"
Wilbur Ross does.
newly-confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wore a pair of slippers to Trump's address, which is a very cute old man thing to do pic.twitter.com/E7zyFfgBoQ
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) March 1, 2017
A photograph posted to Twitter by reporter Christina Wilkie shows the many steps Ross may have taken to create his fly, IDGAF kicks on the Stubbs & Wootton website, and boy, it must be interesting to be a billionaire. The "bespoke" options for men range from $525 to $650.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 1, 2017
To many, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, it seemed absurd that one would wear slippers to a pretty important event ... or even outside of the house for that matter. And it crossed some minds that perhaps a person with so much money should be putting it toward something more worthwhile?
.@CommerceGov nominee Wilbur Ross is practically a cartoon stereotype of a Wall Street fat cat with no interest in anyone but himself.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 27, 2017
Newly confirmed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is wearing a pair of black felt slippers. Like you would wear with a bathrobe wut
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) March 1, 2017
— Bell Bell (@BellEarline) March 1, 2017
I did not know this was a thing. https://t.co/pIUWMLp9fx
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) March 1, 2017
monocles, top hats & spats: you're on deck https://t.co/tJFUF7JSAA
— Brett Hamil (@BrettHamil) March 1, 2017
It did not seem strange to Ross, however. And in fact, the man, somewhat of a slipper aficionado, has worn velvety shoes on other occasions. But hey, it should be noted that some people respected his extreme fashion statement ... kind of.
The $600 slipper sector of our economy finally has a champion! https://t.co/KHuUfa8SJ6
— Frank Randazz (@FrankRandazz) March 1, 2017
I want some Wilber Ross Dept. of Commerce slippers.... pic.twitter.com/wCO6qfMYXo
— Col. Elliott (@Col_Elliott) March 1, 2017
There's an office motion, inspired by Wilbur Ross, to make every day slipper day. Hey, Mark Zuckerberg had his hoodie...why NOT slippers?!
— Cindy Perman (@CindyPerman) March 1, 2017
Don’t criticize until you walk a mile in Ross’s $500 slippers. https://t.co/uQGNK2CGjc
— Matt Kelly (@compliancememe) March 1, 2017
Who knows, maybe the fashion statement will catch on in Washington.
There are certainly some great slipper options Trump might like for himself, including this green velvet line that would let him display his love for, "money, money, money, money."
Image: screengrab: stubbs and wootton
Only time will tell.