Blog: Billions of dollars, two pairs of shoes

Joe Ayling | 21 September 2010

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has caused a stir in the fashion world by confirming he only owns two pairs of work shoes.

Bloomberg, a billionaire, prefers to have his black loafers resoled than to buy new ones. In fact, he's had the soles of his shoes repaired so many times he can't even remember what brand they are, according to media reports.

With many celebrities having a shoe cupboard the size of a small house, his minimalist approach to footwear is somewhat refreshing - if a little worrying for retailers. Media guru Bloomberg prefers to share his wealth with a New York cobbler, who I assume is making a healthy living on tips alone.

One advantage of the 'Bloomberg method' of buying shoes is that storing the two he's not wearing is nothing more than a stroll through Central Park.


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