McCain's shockingly expensive loafers: $520; Michelle Obama's sneakers: $540

I honestly couldn’t care less, but the left’s politically calculated fake outrage about Maverick’s shoes last summer was even more annoying than their politically calculated fake outrage about how many homes he owns. I request, nay demand, a bit of politically calculated fake outrage in response.

While volunteering Wednesday at a D.C. food bank, the First Lady sported her usual J.Crew cardigan, a pair of utilitarian capri pants and, on her feet, a sneaky splurge: trainers that go for $540.

That’s right: These sneakers – suede, with grosgrain ribbon laces and metallic pink toe caps – are made by French design house Lanvin, one of fashion’s hottest labels. They come in denim and satin versions, and have been a brisk seller all spring…

“They’re shoes,” the First Lady’s reps sniffed when curious reporters inquired about the fancy footwear.

Haute couture at a food bank. We should chip in and buy a pair for Palin in hopes that she’ll wear them to a bake sale or something, just to watch the media scandal erupt over how such a supposedly “down to earth” woman could be so thoughtless as to flaunt her wealth in front of common hard-working people.

Lest you doubt that this was indeed an issue for a 24-hour media cycle or two last year, click the image and scroll down. CNN — bouncing off a HuffPo post, natch — devoted three minutes of airtime to it, emphasizing the contrast between McCain and the heroically modest Democratic candidate who owns but four pairs of shoes.