Let me put it to you this way:
Nobody said boo to Jackie O when she was mincing around in her thousand dollar gowns.
Throughout history there have been other first ladies with somewhat expensive tastes.
So Michelle Obama likes expensive shoes. Big deal.
Michelle Obama also is an extremely intelligent educated woman, who earned herself a successful career on her own merits.
She didn't get here by being an heir to a fortune (like the Bush dynasty) or by marrying into aristocracy.
So she likes shoes.
First of all, you don't know where she got those shoes. She could have purchased them on eBay for $10 (though I doubt it). Point being is that her shopping habits are none of your business.
It's her money, and if she wants to buy shoes thats fine. A lot of people have certain things they like to spend a bit of money on. For me it is stereo equipment. For her, it's shoes. For my buddy Mike it is motorcycles. For my girlfriend it is jackets.
I'll tell you what the issue is. There is a certain racist element to this, and I find it very nasty.
If you recall, there was a story about how Michelle Obama ordered room service at the Waldorf Astoria, and was very excessive.
Now there is this big deal being made about her shoes.
If you remember a few years back, Condoleeza Rice was excoriated because she was seen shopping (for shoes, I think) during Hurricane Katrina.
If these women were white, nobody would have said a thing.
What is at work here, people, is the old "uppity *****" stereotype, except it has been updated to "uppity wasteful *****". There are people who are just as racist, they are now just manifesting their racism in other forms.
It is racist in it's purest form, and it is extremely nasty. And people throwing this around really should be ashamed of themselves.
Let the president do his job, made increasingly harder by bigots, and let Mrs. Obama do what she does; as we are better for it.
Her shoes are none of your business.