3 Quintessential Shoes Every First Lady Around the World Owns

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We'll be the first to admit that we here at Who What Wear have a bit of an obsession with stylish royals. As long as Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Queen Letizia of Spain are putting together enviably polished ensembles and leading the latest fashion trends, you can rest assured that we'll be covering their sartorial choices. Today, however, we're shifting our focus from well-dressed duchesses, princesses, and queens to sartorially savvy first ladies—whose style shouldn't be overlooked just because they don't don crowns.

As it just so happens, first ladies in Argentina, France, Mexico, and the United States are often on the same page, sartorially speaking—especially when it comes to shoes. For example, Juliana Awada, first lady of Argentina, and Angélica Rivera Hurtado, former first lady of Mexico, have an affinity for pointed-toe pumps and have worn the classic style for various occasions, formal and informal alike. At the same time, the first ladies of Argentina and France have demonstrated that they really know how to style a pair of ankle boots. 

Scroll on to see how first ladies wear three essential shoe styles and shop similar pairs for yourself.

Pointed-Toe Pumps

A wardrobe staple among first ladies and royals alike, pointed-toe pumps are the versatile shoes everyone from France's current first lady Brigitte Macron to Mexico's former first lady Angélica Rivera Hurtado wears on repeat.

Brigitte Macron wearing pointed-toe pumps


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Neutral pointed-toe pumps are the hardest-working items in any first lady's wardrobe, as France's Brigitte Macron demonstrates here, stepping out in a pair of classic black shoes.

Juliana Awada wearing pointed-toe pumps


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Though first ladies are often spotted wearing neutral shoes, as we mentioned above, Juliana Awada makes a compelling case for opting for a bolder shade.

Angélica Rivera Hurtado wearing pointed-toe pumps


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Take a cue from Angélica Rivera Hurtado and wear on-trend snakeskin pumps with a bold statement top.

Strappy Sandals

Slightly more casual than aforementioned pointed-top pumps, strappy sandals are another first lady favorite and are among the most worn shoes in Juliana Awada and Michelle Obama's wardrobes.

Michelle Obama wearing strappy sandals


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Make like former FLOTUS Michelle Obama and don a pair of strappy sandals with a dress in the same hue for a sophisticated monochrome look.

Juliana Awada wearing strappy sandals



Leave it to Juliana Awada to inspire us with a pair of strappy PVC sandals to add to our growing naked shoe collection.

Ankle Boots

Endlessly versatile, ankle boots can be dressed up or down depending on the formality of the occasion, as Juliana Awada and Brigitte Macron demonstrate here.

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Follow Brigitte Macron's lead and style Chelsea ankle boots with black skinny jeans and a structured blazer to dress up a plain tee. 

Juliana Awada wearing ankle boots


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Take style notes from Argentina's first lady and wear a pair of black leather ankle boots with a classic plaid coat for a polished cold-weather ensemble.

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