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Suri Cruise and Her Famous Feet

by Erin Blakeley

In the course of human history, I think no pair of tiny feet has been the subject of as much attention as little Suri Cruise’s. (Okay, maybe not the course of human history. But certainly the course of the blogosphere.)

Be it the high heels or the pig slippers, the thousands of dollars spent, or the fact that she seldom seems to actually walk on them, Suri Cruise’s feet are a source of endless fascination. Will she look back one day, upon the written record of the internet, and wonder why in the world we are all so obsessed with her footwear? If so, let me do my small part and add another dimension to the toenail gazing: for all the money spent on her shoes, she sure seems to go barefoot a lot.

Don’t get me wrong, it works well with her outfit here, which might actually be a nightgown. But why no shoes? She’s not at the beach—she’s out shopping. Are her shoes in the car? In her mother’s purse? Are her pig slippers resting? What gives?

It’s the Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde aspect of all of this that I find so confusing. I mean, who cares so deeply about their child’s appearance that they spend a reported $3 million dollars on the kid’s wardrobe and then figures, “Oh, to hell with it. Let her go barefoot.” It just doesn’t make any sense to me. And I gotta say, I picture Tom Cruise to be the kid of guy who wears shower shoes in his own bathroom, so I can’t imagine he’s on board with Suri’s naked little feet picking up all sorts of crud in the little hipster boutiques of Malibu, or wherever she shops.

Alas, Suri Cruise continues to be an enigma. I suppose I will just have to learn to live with it, until she’s old enough to write her first tell-all.