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Mon, Sep. 20th, 2010, 10:17 am
ernunnos: Mayor Bloomberg understands durable living.

Bloomberg: Two pairs of work shoes in 10 years

He's been wearing the same shoes for 10 years.

"The mayor owns only two pairs of work shoes," his spokesman, Stu Loeser, told The Post. "One day he'll wear one, the next the other -- and when they get worn down, he has them resoled."

At least one of the pairs is likely a Cole Haan, shoe experts said.

The penny loafer looks like the "Dennehy," an "old-school Italian leather [model] we specialized in for decades but discontinued" this year, said a longtime Cole Haan salesman at the chain's Rockefeller Center branch. The shoe retails for $328.

Still, the term limits of shoes can be extended only so long, said cobbler Jim Rocco, 80, owner of Jim's Shoe Repair on East 59th Street.

"A pair of shoes like that could go 18 to 20 years if you put cream on them, shine them up, resole them every eight to nine months, and depending on how much you perspire, use cedar trees on the inside," he said.

Assuming the other pair cost as much, he's spent about $65/year on shoes, plus the cost to resole. And in return, he gets to wear $328 shoes every day.