posted by: Shomore in Shoe History Corner on January 24th, 2010
Shoe and lifestyle brand Johnston & Murphy (J&M) has the unique distinction of designing shoes for every president since 1850. On ShoesofthePresidents.com, J&M has documented this rich tradition with fascinating presidential footwear factoids including:
- Abraham Lincoln had the largest foot of any US president. He wore a size 14 shoe.
- Bill Clinton came a close second – he had size 13D shoes. When he won the election, J&M crafted him a pair of blue suede shoes in recognition of his love of playing the sax.
- Rutherfod B. Hayes wore a size 7 shoe, which happens to be the smallest foot of any president.
- Herbert Hoover had the narrowest shoes – a size 11.5AA.
- For sitting President Barack Obama, J&M created a pair of oxfords and boots in size 12. The oxfords were presented to Barack in a shoe box made of koa wood from his home state of Hawaii while the boots were inspired by the shoes that J&M created for Lincoln, Obama’s hero.
Wonder what would happen if America ever elected a female president? I was happy to discover that J&M had the foresight to introduce a female line of shoes and accessories (more in subsequent posts). So it sounds like J&M is well equipped to carry on their tradition of shodding presidents in all shapes, sizes, and genders.