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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Kerry gives the boot to his British counterpart


“Thanks for the boots, John!” British Foreign Secretary William Hague recieved footwear from Secretary of State John Kerry. (Lefteris Pitarakis - AFP/Getty Images)
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.

By  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013

 
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