Old Soles: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Has Only Six Pairs of Loafers

10/15/2010 at 03:40 PM ET

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While most of our houses might fit into the closets where The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills store their shoes, Michael Bloomberg, New York’s low key billionaire mayor, has only six pairs of loafers! During a speech at QVC’s FFANY shoe sale event on Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg joked, “A story emerged recently that shocked many in your industry, leaving them confused, perplexed, maybe even a little bit hurt. I’m talking about the stunning revelation in the September 20th edition of the New York Post, that I, Michael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of the City of New York, may not have purchased a new pair of work shoes in ten years…if it’s in the Post it must be true.” So when PEOPLE encountered the thrifty mayor the next night at the Empire State Pride Agenda fall dinner, we had to ask if the story in the Post was true.“You have to talk to my press secretary who made up the story,” said Mayor Bloomberg with a smile. So does he actually have a lot of shoes? “Yeah, I do probably have half a dozen pairs, but it is true. I probably only wear one black and one brown and that’s about it,” he said. “I’d love to tell you I’m a big fashionista,” admitted the Mayor. “But it was really embarrassing, Ken Cole [shoe designer Kenneth Cole] happens to be a very close friend of mine, and I was with him the night before [the article appeared].” — Jeffrey Slonim

FILED UNDER: Fashion , Guy Style , Shoes
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This is a pathetic story to be reporting on. Is this what People has come to on a slow news day? The mayor and his shoes are not newsworthy in the slightest. Come on People, give your readers more credit on what will hold their interest.

Uhh on


Janet on



Oh nos! This is press worthy! Someone help the mayor! He only has 6 pairs of loafers!

What a materialistic society we live in when it’s an upset because someone doesn’t have six pairs of one kind of footwear.

I have 4 pairs of shoes. Total. Not six pairs of loafers, plus runners, slippers, boots, and gods know what else he has.


And I’m female.

And I can afford more.


linda on

I’m more interested in the fact that he wants to control every aspect of our lives !! Who cares about this dictator !

Shoelimits on

For years now, I’ve always wondered how many pairs of loafers Bloomberg owned. Finally someone had the good judgment to write aobut this important fact. Now I hope they check his underwear drawer.

Lars on

Thanks for that hard hitting news. When it comes to entertainment news, it’s hard to beat expositions like this. What’s next? Singer Bono owns only one white t-shirt?

Frances Naeve on

Who cares???? Apparently he has 4 pair to spare so why not give them to someone who has NO shoes?

Jon on


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