Bishop struts out in $1700 ‘cult shoes’

The Sunday Times - - CONFIDENTIAL -

SHE was long con­sid­ered the Imelda Mar­cos of pol­i­tics thanks to her pricey wardrobe crammed with high-end shoes, de­signer la­bel threads and ex­pen­sive jewels.

And now it seems the for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Julie Bishop has out­done even her­self with her lat­est fash­ion ac­qui­si­tion, which she was spied proudly show­ing. Flanked by boyfriend David Pan­ton and din­ing with two mys­tery com­pan­ions in the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula last week, Ms Bishop stepped out in a pair of heels once de­scribed in fash­ion cir­cles as “the” cult shoe of the decade — Saint Lau­rent’s Opyum black pumps that re­tail for around $1700.

That’s if you can get your hands on a pair, of course. The heels are renowned as one of the hard­est to buy and carry a long wait­list though it’s un­der­stood small sizes oc­ca­sion­ally pop up

We’re not sure how Ms Bishop man­aged to snaf­fle a pair, though it ap­pears the one-time PM con­tender still wields con­sid­er­able fash­ion clout de­spite the fact she no longer struts the cor­ri­dors of power.

Our ea­gle-eyed spot­ter passed on an­other in­ter­est­ing de­tail from the lunch at the Paringa Es­tate win­ery; the su­per-fit Ms Bishop or­dered an ex­tra large serv­ing of con­fit pork belly

with crackle.

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