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07/01/2016 6:14 AM AEDT | Updated 07/01/2016 6:14 AM AEDT

11 Times Politicians Dressed Worse Than Marco Rubio (And Those BOOTS)

In defense of Marco's "rubi-o slippers."

Hey, step off Marco Rubio's boots.

After New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro noticed the senator's footwear and tweeted an appreciative photo, pundits and rivals jumped at the chance to knock the boots, which are technically (and appropriately for Rubio) known as Cuban heels.

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New York Magazine's The Cut called them "high-heeled booties," "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called them "shagalicious," straight out of Austin Powers, and Rand Paul said they're cute.

Politics aside, not only do we think they look great -- a pair of Florsheims, Politico reports -- but Rubio's boots are unfortunate reminders that pundits, campaign directors and Twitter's opinion-sharers aren't accustomed to politicians actually looking stylish, or men taking fashion risks at all, for that matter (these boots are mild, as far as risks go).

And compared to other politicians' fashion, um, missteps (never forget Al Gore and Bill Clinton's joggers), Rubio definitely wore his better.

To put things into perspective, here are 11 times politicians made way worse faux pas than Rubio's boots. 

  • 1Jeb's JEB "campaign boots" In 2015
    Jeb's JEB
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  • 2"Running Mates" Clinton And Gore in 1992
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  • 3Pumped Up Paul in 2012
  • 4This ... in 2001
    This ... in 2001
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  • 5Hillary Clinton's Christmas sweater In 1998
    Hillary Clinton's Christmas sweater In 1998
    New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images
  • 6Obama's jeans, always
    Obama's jeans, always
    TIM SLOAN via Getty Images
  • 7Nixon's headdress in 1960
    Nixon's headdress in 1960
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  • 8George H. W. Bush's glasses in 1989
    George H. W. Bush's glasses in 1989
    MCT via Getty Images
  • 9Gum Shoe Bill in 2015
  • 10George Washington's socks in 1754
    George Washington's socks in 1754
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