Melania Trump Wears High Heels To Harvey Site (Photos)

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While first lady Melania Trump has caught flak for her footwear choices in the past, this time she is getting heat for opting to wear high heels on the flight to visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster site in Houston on Aug. 29.

Melania, who was boarding Air Force One along with her husband, President Donald Trump, was photographed walking through light drizzle in Washington, D.C., in 4-inch heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The wardrobe decision was widely criticized, with many Twitter users questioning why the first lady would opt for such an uncomfortable and ultimately impractical shoe when heading into a disaster area.

"She does know she’s going to a natural disaster, right?" offered one user. "Not sure 4 inch heels is the most appropriate footwear.”

"Those stilettos should help her stay above the flood line," tweeted another.

A third user seemed cautious to pass judgment on Melania and her shoe choice, instead wondering if the first lady had packed more sensible footwear -- like boots -- on Air Force One.

A spokeswoman for Melania confirmed the third user's suspicions, stating that she did, in fact, have a pair of boots packed to wear once the Trumps landed in Texas, according to the Washington Examiner. 

Melania has been the subject of questions, mockery and admiration when it comes to her shoe choices, which are almost always high heels, reports The Hollywood Reporter. During the president's inauguration, Melania's choice of stiletto pumps garnered much attention, as she was compared to other first ladies and their more conservative, subdued choices.

The situation in Houston is still developing. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25 and has hung over the area, dropping record amounts of rain and subjecting the low-lying areas of the region to extreme flooding, reports The New York Times.

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Tens of thousands of people have spent several nights at various shelters set up around the Houston area, as thousands of homes were inundated with floodwater. Dramatic rescues have taken place across the area, with hundreds of people, in addition to emergency crews, working to save those stranded.

At least 10 people have been killed as a result of the hurricane, with that number expected to rise. Rainfall is also expected to continue in the area until Aug. 30 or later, which up to 50 inches of rain estimated for parts of the county.

"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced," tweeted the National Weather Service on Aug. 27.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Harvey "one of the largest disasters America has ever faced."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Washington Examiner, The New York Times / Featured Image: Mark Nozell/Flickr / Embedded Images: Alex Wong/Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter via Washington Examiner

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