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550 Pairs and Counting

The shoe collection of Michael Millon, Venture Capitalist.


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.


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