These shoes are made for campaigning: A look at candidates' choice of footwear

Marine Parade candidate Tan Chuan-Jin's customised "Maju-Lah" running shoes.
Marine Parade candidate Tan Chuan-Jin's customised "Maju-Lah" running shoes.PHOTO: TAN CHUAN-JIN
Mr Low Thia Khiang opted for hiking boots as he met residents at the New Upper Changi Road Market and Food Centre on Thursday (Sept 3) morning.
Mr Low Thia Khiang opted for hiking boots as he met residents at the New Upper Changi Road Market and Food Centre on Thursday (Sept 3) morning.ST PHOTO: CHONG ZI LIANG

SINGAPORE - If clothes make the man, then shoes must be what sustain the candidates' feet as they pound the pavement during the campaign trail.

Candidates' choice of footwear as they met with and greeted voters on their walkabouts caught the attention of sharp-eyed netizens.

Some went around with running shoes - a natural choice for comfort - such as Marine Parade candidate Tan Chuan-Jin's customised "Maju-Lah" running shoes.

Perhaps taking a leaf from her party mate’s books, Yuhua candidate Grace Fu showed up at the Chinese Garden MRT station bright and early on Friday (Sept 4) morning in striking pink sports shoes. Ms Fu has served as the single-seat ward’s MP for two terms.


Yuhua candidate Grace Fu in striking pink sports shoes. ST PHOTO: NUR ASYIQIN MOHAMAD SALLEH

For Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang, his brown boots are definitely made for walking. Mr Low opted for hiking boots as he met residents at the New Upper Changi Road Market and Food Centre on Thursday (Sept 3) morning.

Over in Punggol-East SMC, WP incumbent Lee Li Lian went for a more formal option, slipping on black pumps as she greeted residents at Rumbia LRT station on Wednesday.

Others, still, probably felt they needed to match their outfits with footwear in party colours. The Tanjong Pagar team of Chan Chun Sing, Melvin Yong, Chia Shi-Lu, Indranee Rajah and Joan Pereira stopped by the Pek Kio Market and Food Centre on their Thursday morning walkabout where they tried on white canvas shoes at one of the stalls in the market.

For PAP Pasir Ris-Punggol's Teo Ser Luck, the clock striking 10am signals battle mode. He posted a picture on his Facebook page showing a before-and-after photo. Pre-10am: slippers. Post-10am: trusty running shoes.

The triathlon enthusiast was asked on Facebook when he would be going on his walkabouts in a triathlon suit. His reply: #nowhitetights.