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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)

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.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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