What’s your total count?
About 550. One reason is because of my age. I’ve had 40 years of buying.
Tell us about the last pair you bought.
A two-tone hiking crocodile boot from Bettanin & Venturi was just delivered. The barrel is honey, and the heel and toe are chocolate brown. They are very pretty.
How much did they cost?
$8,500. I can’t wait to wear them. Actually, I like them so much I just ordered another pair in sage green with dark green. They look kind of military.
Where else do you shop?
Santoni, John Lobb, Berluti, Silvano Lattanzi, Testoni. I buy mostly crocodile. But there are shoes for business, and then there are shoes for socializing.
Do you have a favorite pair?
A cognac Lattanzi lace-up crocodile with a square toe.
I hope you have a big closet.
Actually, I’m building a walk-in shoe closet. I used to keep them in shoe bags, but these shoes are better off on shelves. Leather needs to breathe.
Where do you take them for TLC?
I have boxes and boxes of extra laces and replacement heels. But I’ve never ever repaired a shoe. When you wear it twice a year, you don’t need to.