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Marco Rubio's boots get unwanted attention from rival candidates

by Alexandra Zaslow / / Source: TODAY

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With primaries right around the corner, everyone is talking about the issues. Just kidding, the conversation is all about Marco Rubio's boots.

Yep, you heard that right. Voters don't seem to be as concerned about the Republican presidential candidate's stance on gun control or immigration as they are about the shiny, stack-heeled ankle boots he wore while campaigning in New Hampshire Jan. 3.

Rubio's choice of shoes, which are designed by Florsheim and can be yours, too, for $135, has everyone in a frenzy — including rival candidates.

Before his appearance on "The View" Wednesday, Rand Paul found himself making fun of Rubio while picking out shoes to wear.

"I'm here in Whoopi Goldberg's office trying to choose some shoes. We see Marco Rubio has those cute new shoes and I don't want to be outdone," Paul said in a video posted to Twitter.

Carly Fiorina even asked Rubio to put himself in her shoes, literally, and try rocking heels.

We thought Cecily Strong squashed all media attention to what candidates choose to wear at the White House Correspondents' dinner last April, when she told the room full of journalists to stop commenting on Hillary Clinton's appearance?

"This next part is a 'repeat after me.' I want all the media to put your hands up and swear something to me: I solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary's appearance because that is not journalism," Strong said. Little did she know, a male candidate would be the subject of such scorn not long after.

Marco Rubio's response to all the chatter? "Have they lost their minds?" Rubio asked at a New Hampshire rally Thursday.

"Let me get this right," Rubio said in his speech. "ISIS is cutting people’s heads off, setting people on fire in cages, Saudi Arabia and Iran 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 in some ways 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, have they lost their minds?"

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