Ron DeSantis says he’s 5’11” and is not wearing hidden heels

DeSantis Nevada boots
The Governor told PBT Podcast listeners that he's wearing 'standard off the rack Lucchese' boots.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is addressing one of the sartorial mysteries of the 2024 presidential campaign.

During an interview, DeSantis denied that he is wearing hidden heels, as critics have argued.

The Governor told PBT Podcast listeners that he’s wearing “standard off the rack Lucchese” boots. He said that because he is just 1 inch shy of 6 feet tall, he doesn’t need extra height from footwear.

Asked why he simply doesn’t wear dress shoes or tennis shoes, the Governor said he does in fact “wear tennis shoes when (working) out.”

The host offered him a pair of Ferragamos, presumably without extra height, and DeSantis noted that he can’t accept gifts.

Former President Donald Trump has mocked the height-helper footwear on Truth Social, and a former staffer reportedly blamed the First Lady for his ballyhooed boots, saying she bought him those “dumb@$$ cowboy boots because she thought it was part of the image.”

The Advocate summed up the optics problem, saying “people have been calling out the way the toes of the presidential hopeful’s shoes frequently seem to curl up, which doesn’t really make much sense if there’s actually a human foot residing in that portion of the shoe.”

DeSantis has branched out into other boots as well, including some kicks fashioned from alligator hide that he has worn in recent days. He’s told people that they helped him navigate the treacherous waters of the sports rivalry between the University of Florida and Florida State University.

“These are authentic Florida Gator boots. Now, the good thing about these is that Florida Gator fans love it because it’s the Gators. But, you know, Seminole fans also like it because someone had to kill a Gator to make those boots,” DeSantis said Friday in Washington, D.C. “So that’s the only way I found to be able to please both sides.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • D My Take

    October 30, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    And Trump is 215 pounds.

    • Michael K

      October 30, 2023 at 6:53 pm


    • Lisa G is

      October 30, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Trump claims he weighs 215, but everyone can see that’s absurd. I have a relative who is 5’5″ and weighs 215 pounds. They are many, many times smaller than Trump, even though he’s much taller. Trump probably weighs closer to 315 pounds!

    • Rose Nero

      October 30, 2023 at 8:27 pm

      Always Trump with YOU people.

      • Joe

        October 30, 2023 at 10:02 pm

        That’s funny, because it’s always Trump with YOU people, too. What a world!

      • Ocean Joe

        October 31, 2023 at 6:11 am

        Yes Rose. Trump walks among us like a Jesus, who took to the cross for our sins. We cant stop talking about how he evaded taxes by deflating the value of his assets for us. Or how he swindled banks by inflating the value of his assets for us. Yes they are after us but he bravely faces courtroom after courtroom, even when his shyster election lawyers have pled guilty for trying to steal an election…for us. Thanks Donald.

        • Smarter than U

          October 31, 2023 at 8:05 pm

          Bwahaha you are totally blind to what’s going on ? Wake up now or forever be lost to your blind hatred of a marvellous caring genius like DJT a true legend of world status the man is loved and revered by 100s of millions worldwide ! The war is real the news is fake you are being farmed like sheep 🐑

          • Jennifer

            October 31, 2023 at 11:43 pm

            Wow, that’s a lot of delusion!

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 31, 2023 at 10:11 pm


      • Trump love

        November 1, 2023 at 12:30 am

        And it’s always his little trump with his supporters.

        Sucky sucky Lol

  • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

    October 30, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    Well now Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s and RINO’s,
    I, Earl Pitts American, have the ability to look into each and every one of your Dook 4 Brains and know what y’all really want to know.
    It’s the size of The Ronalds “Johnson” that all y’all’s fantisys are hot to know.
    Well forget about because Casey’s not telling.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Hamas Earl

      October 31, 2023 at 10:01 am

      There are no apostrophes in Leftys and RINOs, your Hamas spokesperson.

      • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

        October 31, 2023 at 2:10 pm

        Thank you
        Dook 4 Brain’s Lefty’s alway’s go to spelling’s/puncuation’s as their last resort’s “lookey’s here’s Earl’s spank’s my Dum’s @ss’s but’s I’s can’s spell’s and’s puncuate’s.”
        Thank’s Nerd’s
        Earl Pitts American

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 31, 2023 at 10:12 pm


  • Ignorant Earl

    October 30, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    Earl, You have already admitted you are on the Florida Sex Offender list. Don’t get on the banned list here also.

  • D My Take

    October 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Maybe DwarfSSantis’s D&S klavern has a rack.

  • Leonard

    October 30, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t know if DeSantis wears lifts….but Marco Rubio does…and there has never been a story about it…so why is there a story about this? Journalism is dead.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 31, 2023 at 6:22 am

      There were a lot of articles about Marco’s height, after Trump named him Lil Marco. US News & World Report, the Guardian, etc. Google it.
      Is this a petty story about a petty guy, yes.

      Both of these guys are starting to make Marco look like a giant.

  • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

    October 30, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    In reply to Mr. Ignorant above:
    Stop thinking about Ron’s “Johnson” I know alot of you lefty “little fellers” out there in F. P. Readership Land thought alot about Bill Clinton’s “Johnson” back in the day in an unhealthy way as you perversly objectified women because you were all thinking maybe some chubby young lady might give you a “Lewenskie” but sadly that never hsppened.
    Sorry to bring up that part of your failed younger “nerdely” years.
    Earl Pitts American

  • Joe

    October 30, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

    But at least something had to die for those boots to grace those dainty feet, we all know Ting D just loves killin!

    • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

      October 31, 2023 at 4:35 am

      See America there’s Joe with his “Johnson” fetish.
      Told Y’all Earl knows what evil lurkes in Dook 4 Brains Leftist minds.
      Earl Pitts American knows leftys.

  • My Take

    October 30, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    “Shorty” DeSSantis about covers it all.

    • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

      October 31, 2023 at 4:47 am

      OMG America yet another “Ron’s Johnson Fetish” coment from a lefty reader.
      Am I, Earl Pitts American Right or am I RIGHT????
      Seriously theres likely not a 15 minute break in yall’s “Ron’s Johnson” obsession thought process. Unless y’all are like eating lunch or argueing with your peverse lefty friends about a topic not related to “Ron’s Johnson” thats all y’all think about.
      Thank you America for once again proving that The Earl Knows Lefty’s.
      Its still early in the mornting. I suggest y’all relax y’alls sphincters and try not to touch yourselves while obsessung over “Ron’s Johnson”.

      • Ocean Joe

        October 31, 2023 at 9:24 am

        That was a grimey post Earl.

        Saw some of the photos of those boots. Forget the lifts, they curl up like the Wicked Witch after the house landed.
        Maybe that’s a Texas thing.

      • Hamas Earl

        October 31, 2023 at 10:02 am

        Hamas Earl

  • Conservative always

    October 31, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Such a HUGE NONSTORY! Truly grasping at straws.

    • Joe

      October 31, 2023 at 1:04 pm

      If anything it’s a very small, short, TINY nonstory, you poor Qonservative snowflake.

  • Joe

    October 31, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    And now we cut live to Tiny D spokespuppet Bryan Griffin filling his diaper over news reports confirming his master wears lifts: WAAAAAAAAH WAAAAAAH

  • My Take

    October 31, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Dwarfy DeSShortis’s small stature is the least of his shortcomings.

  • tom palmer

    October 31, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    The fact that he even took the bait is telling.

    • My Take

      October 31, 2023 at 3:34 pm


  • My Take

    October 31, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Now go to work with Cruella’s rumored comment that he doesn’t last long!

  • RD’24

    November 1, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Our Country is on fire because Biden is the worst President in U.S. history… Allowing in terrorists and millions of other illegals who want hand outs, who hate America or want to be paid not to work, the U.S. is the number 1 destination for perverse child sex trafficking, Hamas terrorists are attacking Israel, gas and groceries are at an all time high, and the uniparty in DC gives 115 Billion of our money to Ukraine with no accountability, 200 million to Iran and the so called internet influencers are taking about DeSantis’ boots?

    Take a hike in your own boots.

    Why don’t we talk about that this extremely accomplished Governor, raised in the middle class, born in FL, achieved a baseball scholarship at Yale pulling himself up by his – yeah- bootstraps- went on to Harvard Law School after Yale and graduated from both colleges with high honors and joined the military.
    Ron DeSantis served our country, ran for Congress won three terms became Cofounder of the Freedom Caucus to fight the McConnells, Boehner, Paul Ryan, Schumer etc. then ran for governor eradicated Common Core his first month in office, built a war chest of financial reserves, best economy is in FL, restored the Everglades, kept Florida free from totalitarian Fauci and lockdowns, masks & deadly vaccines was re-elected, successfully managed several major hurricanes, protected the defenseless unborn when their heart starts beating and rescued Floridians and others from Israel and this nonsense is what you write about?

    • Joe

      November 1, 2023 at 11:51 am

      Ok groomer

    • rick whitaker

      November 3, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      rd’24 , are you a Q anon scumbag? your rant was pitiful.

  • My Take

    November 1, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Cofounder of the Freedom Caucus
    Enoùgh alone to reject hìm.

  • GladesGator

    November 1, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    I was at the UF box at the Orange Bowl game when The Gators played University of Virginia. I’m 5’10”. When Desantis visited the UF box, he briefly stood in close proximity to me. He’s somewhere between 5’8”-5’9”. If he lies about his height, this guy has inferiority issues.

    • My Take

      November 1, 2023 at 10:45 pm

      The short guys I know well compensated by becoming very tough physically and/or very competent professionally. Well adjusted and well liked.

  • tom palmer

    November 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    The only thing Ron DeSantis has accomplished as governor is to make Florida a haven for bigots and a laughingstock for everyone else. He had an undistinguished military and Congressional career and the only reason he is in office is Donald’s Trump’s influence and a weak Democratic opponent when he ran for re-election.

    • rick whitaker

      November 3, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      good comment, thanks for the sanity.

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