Jackie's Desire for Flats

By Leo Racicot

September 7, 2015: I did not know Jackie (knew Ted very well) but some years ago, I attended an awards event for Oscar Hijuelos in Manhattan. The room we were in was so hot and I twirled around in exasperation only to find Mrs. Kennedy staring me square in the face. She said, "My feet are killing me. If only one could wear flats at these things." I was too stunned to speak and before I could recover, someone else grabbed her attention but I will never forget that large, handsome face, the black hair so black it shone blue, the wise eyes, wise and mischievous, even when making that small joke. She was one-in-a-million, Jackie Kennedy was. The world is less of a place without her.

Image below: Jackie's pair of tailored navy leather flats with a square toe, size 10, imprinted "Eugenia of Florence Created by Mario", on sole: "Hand Made in Italy", with custom wood shoe trees in each shoe. Formerly the Property of Jackie Kennedy, given to M.B. Gallagher. Copyright Hantman's Auctioneers.

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