UPDATE with video: Jimmy Fallon “kicked” off his The Tonight Show interview tonight with GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio by putting his feet on his desk and asking the Florida senator if he liked his boots. Rubio, whose identical high-heeled boots made news on the campaign trail this month, said his notorious footwear was hidden away at an undisclosed location, and would only re-emerge at an appropriate time.
Meanwhile, Rubio asked if he could have Fallon’s boots because “I need a backup pair. I need one in Iowa and one in New Hampshire.”
“Why is that a big deal that you wore these — I love these boots, by the way,” Fallon said “People made a big deal that you had heels on your boots. Who cares? These are great boots, by the way.”
“Yeah, I only wear ’em on weekends…Nights mostly,” Rubio joked.
Rubio’s black high-heeled boots caused a kerfuffle on the campaign trail earlier this month. Among those GOP hopefuls weighing in on Rubio’s footwear, Ted Cruz’s communication director, Rick Tyler tweeted that “a vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for men’s high heeled booties.” Rand Paul tweeted a video of himself with black and gold loafers, telling Rubio to eat his heart out, and adding, “Marco’s got some cute new boots and I don’t want to be outdone.”
Donald Trump assured the public that they wouldn’t ever catch him wearing such flashy footwear. “I don’t know what to think of those boots,” Trump said. “They’re big heels. I mean, those heels were really up there.” Trump added “it helps to be tall,” (Rubio is reported to be 5 foot 10 inches tall) adding that Rubio “would have been better off not going that route.”
And Carly Fiorina threw down this challenge:
“Let me get this right,” Rubio said in response to all the comments. “ISIS is cutting people’s heads off, setting people on fire in cages, Saudi Arabia and Iran are on the verge of a war, the Chinese are landing airplanes on islands that they built and say belong to them in what are international waters and somewhat territorial waters. Our economy is flat-lined, the stock market is falling apart, but boy are we getting a lot of coverage about a pair of boots. This is craziness, people.”
Tonight, Fallon told Rubio to, well, stand tall with his boots. “Undisclosed location. You can’t state where they’re hiding. Yeah. I think you should bring ’em back out. Don’t let people bully you, man. They look cool. They’re fashion forward. You’re Marco Rubio. You can do whatever you wanna do. You’re running for president. They’re all wrong.”