Secretary of State John Kerry looks to be scoring early points for diplomatic gift-giving with what we hear was a hit of a present to his counterpart, U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague, during a stop in London last week.
Kerry presented Hague with a pair of fine tan Western-style leather boots purchased from Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum, Idaho. (Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have a home nearby in Sun Valley, and the SecState has been known to sport a few pairs of his own from the purveyor).
The kicks were handmade in Texas (natch) by the famed Lucchese Boot Co., and they had Hague’s initials hand-tooled into the shins by an Idaho saddle maker.
We’re told they went over big, with Hague promising they would be “well worn.” And his fashion flourish might have inspired a bit of an across-the-pond trend: Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne apparently expressed interest to U.S. officials about getting their own pairs.
No doubt Kerry owes a tip of the ten-gallon hat to Ambassador and chief of protocol Capricia Marshall, who helps select such diplomatic gifts.
Looks like they’re getting off on the right foot.