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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Celebrity shoe collection: Not bad feat, for a footman.

Hartley Miltchin is a podiatrist in Ontario and he likes to wear shoes without socks. He also likes to collect celebrity shoes and has over 300 pairs in his personal collection. The estimated value which includes two pairs of Elvis’s boots is worth approximately $3 million US. He started collecting in the 1990s with a pair of Air Jordans worn by Michael Jordan during the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls season. Gradually he expanded his collection criteria to include small screen divas, pop stars, musicians, actors and celebrities of all kinds. Miltchin bought most of his collection at charity auctions and many of the shoes are signed. In 2003, the Bata Shoe Museum held an exhibition of Miltchin’s collection called Starstruck: A Celebrity Shoe Soiree. Despite its monetry value the footman does not have his collection on permanent display and keeps them for his own delight. Being a podiatrist he cannot resist using the footwear to analyse the celebrities who once wore them. He told reporters, he thinks Marilyn Monroe put a lot of weight on the balls of her feet when she walked in her ‘Fuck Me’ pumps. Oprah would most likely have painful bunions and Lucille Ball wore her shoes until they were threadbare. His collection includes: Madonna’s six-inch leopard print Dolce & Gabbana heels, Britney SpearsSkechers, Bette Midler’s practical pumps. Two pairs of Elvis’ boots. Ginger Spices’ white leather platforms, Phil Collins’ shoes and Chubby Checker’s custom black-and-white chequered boots. Shaq’s jaw-dropping, size 23 Reeboks, Tiger Wood’s golf shoes, with grass stuck in the cleats and a pair of OJ Simpson’s shoes when he played for the Buffalo Bills (1969-1977).

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