Is Sean Spicer Wearing Mismatched Shoes?

A photograph showing the White House press secretary wearing two different types of footwear is real, but the oddity appears to serve a medical purpose rather than an avant-garde fashion choice.

  • Published 15 March 2017

Claim

A photograph shows Sean Spicer wearing one black shoe and one brown shoe.

Rating

Origin

On 13 March 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer accompanied Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as they met with reporters to discuss the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the American Health Care Act.

Although the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act was clearly in the spotlight, social media users noticed something seemingly amiss in the background: Sean Spicer was wearing two different shoes:

The above-displayed image is real; it was taken by Stephen Crowley of the New York Times. Similar photographs showing Spicer in his oddly colored footwear were also available from Getty Imagesand his mismatched feet can also be seen in video from the event:


Although this mage was widely used to mock (or concern troll) Spicer for wearing two different colored shoes, it appears that Spicer’s choice of footwear was due to a medical reason, rather than an odd fashion choice or a sign of impeding mental collapse. A close-up of shot of Spicer’s mismatched shoes shows fairly clearly that one of the “shoes” is a type of walking boot or cast:


A photograph of Spicer leaving the event revealed the back of this piece of footwear. Again, it looks more like a walking cast than a dress shoe:

Sean Spicer did not respond to our request for comment.

Snopes.com
Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

Editorial
  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
Operations
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes