First lady offers silk slippers to Ivanka

First lady offers silk slippers to Ivanka

By Jung Da-min

The silk slippers that first lady Kim Jung-sook designed and offered as a present to Ivanka Trump, daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, during her visit to Cheong Wa Dae, Friday. / Yonhap
First lady Kim Jung-sook gave a pair of indoor shoes she designed as a surprise present to Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, who came to Korea for the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, when the latter visited Cheong Wa Dae for dinner with President Moon Jae-in Friday.

According to the presidential office, Saturday, Kim prepared the shoes because Trump might feel uncomfortable at having to take off her shoes according to Korean indoor etiquette. The dinner was at Sangchunjae, a traditional house-style building in the Cheong Wa Dae compound usually used for receiving foreign dignitaries.

The shoes were made of brown and red silk with gold thread embroidered as flowery patterns. "Kim selected the silk and decided on the design," the presidential office said.

When Kim asked Trump if she liked them, the U.S. first daughter said, "I love it. Thank you." Then Kim told her to take them with her, offering them as a surprise present.

On Saturday, Kim and Trump also watched the snowboarding competition at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center in PyeongChang, together with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and South Korean International Olympic Committee member Ryu Seung-min.

After cheering on the American athletes and participating in the closing ceremony Sunday, Trump is due to leave for Washington today.