What happened: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.), the House minority leader, disgraced the sanctity of the Oval Office by wearing sneakers and a suit to a meeting with President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
What they’re saying: “Sneakers are never acceptable with a suit,” renowned fashion expert Roger Stone told the Washington Free Beacon.
Menswear writer Derek Guy recently roasted soccer legend David Beckham for wearing sneakers with a suit. “This looks awful to me [because] your eyes are immediately drawn downward, taking attention away from the wearer,” he wrote on Twitter in February. “Shoes become a gimmick.”
It’s not the only time Guy has expressed disdain for the sneaker-suit combo.
The so-called experts at GQ magazine have alleged that wearing sneakers with a suit is no big deal, but there is no reason to take them seriously.
Why it matters: Democrats tout themselves as a party religiously devoted to the respect and restoration of “norms,” but they certainly don’t act like it. The Oval Office used to be a hallowed space where dignified gentlemen wore suits and dress shoes to conduct the nation’s affairs.
Jeffries flagrantly violated a cherished norm with his abominable fashion choice. He also appears to have…