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.

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.

Jeb's JEB "campaign boots" In 2015
"Running Mates" Clinton And Gore in 1992
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Pumped Up Paul in 2012
This ... in 2001
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Hillary Clinton's Christmas sweater In 1998
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Obama's jeans, always
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Nixon's headdress in 1960
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George H. W. Bush's glasses in 1989
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Gum Shoe Bill in 2015
George Washington's socks in 1754
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