This pleases me in so many ways. However, these zapatos rojos are really not about fashion, Pope Benedict XVI's ruby reds are seen as a statement of his desire to demonstrate continuity with the symbols and history of the church. Apparently, red loafers have been worn by Popes in the past dating back to Roman empire times. Benedict also wears them as a reminder that he wore the red cloth as a cardinal.
But they sure are bomb!!! And shiny. And quite a contrast with his crisp white robes.