‘Tact is the ability to step on a man’s toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.’
Harry S. Truman
Today as I sat with my morning coffee, flicking through the daily select few blogs and sites I came across something that made me stop. I was in a shoe based trance for a few minutes, flicking from one image to another and then back again. These shoes belong to Harry S Truman – documented by the Harry S Truman National Park Service and working with the extremely interesting Gentleman’s Gazette. This exclusive curation of the 33rd President of the USA (1945 – 1953) shoe collection shows the amount of styles and varieties he owned.
Now I can honestly admit – I’m not hot on american politics, but what I do know is that if the saying ‘you can trust a man by his shoes’ is anything to go by then Truman was one noble gentleman.
Truman owned a total of 96 pairs of shoes. He was a size 7.
A sartorialist in his own right, he varied selection of unusual shoes that most presidents of the 20th century would now have had lining the floor or shoe racks in the white house.
Looking at the collection it seemed that Truman had stronger draw to a summer shoes.
He was also a big fan of slippers …
Finally a pair of blue velvet house slippers with leather sole and HT embroidery.
Truman’s estate consisted of 5 pairs of boots, just 1 pair of loafers, 4 pairs of sandals, 42 pairs of regular shoes, 3 deck shoes, and an astonishing 21 slippers.
A stylish diplomat that no doubt gave attention to his country but also to his attire.
Want to know more head over to Gentleman’s Gazette-