The Manolo has noted outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair’s revelation that
he had worn the same pair of shoes to his weekly question-and-answer session in parliament since he became the countryâ€™s leader.
The shoes in question â€” an 18-year-old pair of hand-made leather Brogues that have only been re-soled once â€” were made by Churchâ€™s in Northampton, central England.
“I know itâ€™s ridiculous, but Iâ€™ve worn them for every PMQs (Prime Ministerâ€™s Questions) â€¦ Iâ€™ve actually had them for 18 years,” Blair told The Times in an interview, adding that “cheap shoes are a false economy.”
As theÂ wise adageÂ has it:Â Women brag about their newest clothing purchase, men their oldest.
In constrast to Ralph Nader, who has worn the same pair of army boots for decades, Blair’s choice of footwear isÂ beyond reproach, and certainly not evidence of an unhealthy asceticism (so common among self-proclaimed saviors).Â
The Prime Minister has come along way sartorially since his Oxford days.
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