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June 26, 2007

Church’s and State

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 country’s leader.

The shoes in question — an 18-year-old pair of hand-made leather Brogues that have only been re-soled once — were made by Church’s in Northampton, central England.

“I know it’s ridiculous, but I’ve worn them for every PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) … I’ve actually had them for 18 years,” Blair told The Times in an interview, adding that “cheap shoes are a false economy.”

As the wise adage has it: 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 is beyond reproach, and certainly not evidence of an unhealthy asceticism (so common among self-proclaimed saviors). 

The Prime Minister has come along way sartorially since his Oxford days.

Tony Blair in boater

For the story behind this bowdlerized photograph, as well as the full original image, which is an incredible depiction of the aristocracy at play, go here.



  1. Buncha wankers, if you ask me.

    Comment by Occasus — June 26, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

  2. Touche.

    Comment by Izzy — June 27, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  3. Sure, that gesture’s bad enough–but it’s a fairly typical boy thing to do.
    Those guys on the left wearing clogs, however–especially they guy in the white clogs–they’re the ones who are quite likely dead of embarassment.

    Comment by chachaheels — July 28, 2007 @ 10:20 am

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