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Bloomberg: Two pairs of work shoes in 10 years

Last Updated: 2:52 PM, September 20, 2010

Posted: 4:39 AM, September 20, 2010

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Mayor Bloomberg is the rare billionaire who can preach penny-pinching without putting his foot in his mouth.

He's been wearing the same shoes for 10 years.

"The mayor owns only two pairs of work shoes," his spokesman, Stu Loeser, told The Post. "One day he'll wear one, the next the other -- and when they get worn down, he has them resoled."

The two pairs of classic black loafers -- one tasseled, the other penny loafers -- predate his tenure as mayor and both are so well worn, with labels so long gone, that even Hizzoner himself can't remember what brand they are.

Mayor Bloomberg's shoes
Dan Brinzac
Mayor Bloomberg's shoes

"He could buy any shoes he wanted, but he likes these," Loeser said. "They are comfortable, and they work, so he says there's no need for a new pair."

The mayor wears a 9EE, said exclusive shoe outfitter Allen Edmonds, which has sold Bloomberg several other pairs.

At least one of the pairs is likely a Cole Haan, shoe experts said.

The penny loafer looks like the "Dennehy," an "old-school Italian leather [model] we specialized in for decades but discontinued" this year, said a longtime Cole Haan salesman at the chain's Rockefeller Center branch. The shoe retails for $328.

Still, the term limits of shoes can be extended only so long, said cobbler Jim Rocco, 80, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair on East 59th Street.

"A pair of shoes like that could go 18 to 20 years if you put cream on them, shine them up, resole them every eight to nine months, and depending on how much you perspire, use cedar trees on the inside," he said.

"It also depends how he walks," Rocco said, noting that with shoes, as well as politics, longevity is helped by walking with a moderate stance to keep the heels from wearing too much on the left or right side.

Quipped Rocco's son, Joseph, "In fairness to the mayor, he does only get paid $1 a year."

According to Loeser, the mayor's footwear frugality is in keeping with his approach to personal and governmental finance.

"When he buys a cup of coffee, he makes a point of choosing the smallest size," Loeser said. "He buys only what he wants to drink, only what he needs."

Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg


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    09/22/2010 1:06 AM

    I wish I had an old pair of shoes to throw at him so that he could wear them to inagurate the new mosque by the WTC.

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    09/21/2010 8:16 AM

    They only last that long because Nanny Bloomberg always has his foot in his mouth over something.

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    09/21/2010 7:41 AM

    I don't get the point of the article. It implies the guy has only two pairs of shoes; yet the shoe rep clearly states that Bloomberg has purchased several other pairs. Really, anyone who makes a decent living and sees the need to only wear two pairs of shoes is just cheap. Shoes need to be properly rotated or they start to stink; they really shouln't be worn more than a couple of times a week. This "minimalist" attitude doesn't do any favors for the economy either. If more people lived like that, we'd all be in worse shape than what we are now.

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    09/21/2010 1:34 AM

    Bet he has two pairs of drawers too.

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    09/21/2010 1:23 AM

    If I did as little for the city as he has, 2 pair is more than enough. I bet he owns a few pairs of demolition boots though.
    What a piece of garbage

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    09/20/2010 11:37 PM

    His spokesman is Stu Loser?

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    09/20/2010 11:16 PM

    Bloomberg owns only two pair of shoes. However, the rest of the time, he wears over-sized fuzzy slippers so that he does not fall into the spaces between the atoms comprising matter!

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    09/20/2010 10:56 PM

    top 8 ways that mikey bloomberg, the regular joe from the bingo hall, is frugal. mikey b has a net worth of about 20billon.

    8) He refuses to buy a blanket on his private jet
    7) He always sits in coach when flying to bermuda .
    6) Set the sprinkler timers down from 20 minutes to 15 on ALL of the sprinklers at his house in bermuda.
    5) Has only 2 pillows in his 500square foot bedroom, , hey, that's all you need.
    4) Ordered low flow flushers for every bathroom in his $7mil shotgun shack in London,
    3) Comes to the Mid Ocean Club 2 hours early to scoop golfballs out of the water hazards. Finders Keepers!!!
    2) bought the apartment next store to store all the stolen splenda he can carry from the deli.
    1) bought all 7 billion people in the world a cup of coffee and got the price down from $1.50 to $.80, saving nearly $2.8billion, which he promptly put in a savings bonds for the cousins bar mitzva's.

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