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Regardless of your views on her politics, which involve strict immigration policies, a commitment to Brexit despite voting to remain, and the legalization of gay marriage even though she voted against legalizing adoption for gay couples in the early 2000s, there's one thing we can all agree with Theresa May on: she’s got one hell of a shoe collection.
Once she and current Prime Minister David Cameron sit down with the Queen later today, Theresa May will become the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She will become the first, however, whose kitten heels, often swathed in leopard spots, have been the object of British Vogue’s attention. (In fact, she named a subscription to the publication as the single item she’d take to a desert island, according to the BBC.)
It’s this proven interest in fashion that makes her dazzling array of footwear worth discussing at all. For instance, last week, she left a meeting at 10 Downing Street in leopard-print pointed-toe heels:
She’s so synonymous with her shoes that the British press has even taken to photographing close-ups of particularly funky ones. Two days later, she wore a pair of lip-print flats:
A few days after that, there were these embellished leopard-print kitten heels:
But the focus on May's fashion sense has actually lasted throughout her entire political career. Back in 2004, there were these embroidered round-toe shoes:
And these leopard heels:
In 2006, these bow-tie flats:
In 2009, this rather literal take on a leopard flat:
In 2011, these patent pastel blue stilettos:
And later that year, more leopard!
Her 2012 was off to a demure start, with these stark black-and-white kitten heels:
But by October, it was back to leopard:
Perhaps best of all, she wore these leather over-the-knee-boots in London with David Cameron:
And in 2014, there were these embellished mid-heel loafers:
The future of Britain may be up in the air, but at least there’ll be one constant over the next Prime Minister’s term: interesting footwear.