The First Lady definitely knows how to “rough it” in style. At this week’s White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest festival, the ever stylish Michelle Obama opted for a rugged yet chic pair of black leather boots over rubber Wellies or traditional gardening boots while meeting with local schoolchildren as she worked in the gardens. First featured on Shoe Snob back in August, the Tory Burch Connell boot Michelle sported are the perfect hybrid of country-cum-city. Whether you’re hitting the pavement or, as the First Lady demonstrated, doing some work around the “house,” you can look great and be comfortable to boot. Never one to forget the small details, note the double rope of chains that add just the right amount of oomph to an otherwise classic and sturdy boot. Available at Tory Burch boutiques in the U.S. and on the Web site Monday, Tory’s fans in Rome, Italy can try on the boots for themselves: the designer’s new 2,800-square-foot boutique–her first in Europe–just opened on Via del Babuino, not far from the Spanish Steps. A London flagship on New Bond Street, meanwhile, will bow in December.
$495, available at Tory Burch boutiques and Toryburch.com