First lady's designer sneakers cause uproar

May 1, 2009 6:34:21 PM PDT
The White House has run into its first PR gaffe.

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First lady Michelle Obama is being sharply criticized for wearing $500 French designer sneakers while helping out a Washington soup kitchen.

People who know about these things say the sneakers, made by Lanvin are a cult favorite among fashionistas.

When asked about them, the first lady's staff's only comment was simply "they're shoes."

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