Rep. Brian Higgins, who has long been among the most sartorially adventurous members of the House, can be seen these days sporting shoes that were much more popular among 1990s grunge rockers than they ever were with members of Congress.
Beneath his blue pinstriped suit on Wednesday, the Buffalo Democrat wore a pair of brown Dr. Martens shoes, replete with their trademark stitched seam between the sole and the rest of the shoe.
Asked about his footwear by a reporter old enough to remember Nirvana and the Stone Temple Pilots, Higgins explained why he wears shoes lovingly referred to as "Doc Martens" by those who came of age two decades ago.
"Rubber soles," Higgins said.
He said that when he entered Congress in 2005, former Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, told him that he needed to wear comfortable shoes, just because the marble floors in the halls of Congress can be murder on anyone's feet.
So Higgins wears Doc Martens – even though he noted that LaFalce does not approve of his particular choice of footwear.
Story topics: Political notebook