Not for Condi Rice they don't. Apparently she was confronted by an angry co-shopper who could not understand why the Madame Secretary was shopping for shoes while New Orleans was sinking. Having said that Shoelover was of the understanding that the Secretary of State was in charge of foreign affairs, not internal affairs (a la Secretary of the Interior). Now if Gale Norton had been shopping for Ferragamo during the Katrina fallout, that would have been something different. Hell, if Secretary Norton had been shopping at Ferragamo period it would have been newsworthy (Excuse me, do these come in a Birkenstock. No Madame Secretary, I am a afraid Ferragamo does not make a "Birkenstock".)
My guess is that Condi picked up a pair of the new sexy Ferragamo hip waders before jetting off for the Gulf Coast.