You can tell a lot about a leader from his choice of footwear. If Rishi Sunak’s decision to wear Adidas Sambas was an attempt to be “relatable”, and Donald Trump’s garish gold sneakers helped fund his various legal campaigns, Keir Starmer seems to be preparing to get dirty.

On a visit to Derby today alongside beleaguered deputy Angela Rayner, the Labour leader was pictured wearing rigger boots — not an obvious pick for his suburban trip. Starmer does look more like a dad out for a walk in the Peak District than a Wild West outlaw, at least. Perhaps he’s learnt from Ron DeSantis’s mistakes