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Interview: Jimmy Choo
JIMMY Choo, the iconic shoe designer revered by rich and glamorous women across the world, has revealed that when he's pottering at home he wears freebie airline slippers.
Mr Choo made the surprising admission in an interview with the Buckinghamshire Advertiser on Friday.
He also criticised men who refuse to walk slowly when their wives are wearing high heels, and revealed that, as a fairly short man, he wears three inch platforms when he goes to clubs.
Your reporter Polly Manser was thrilled to be invited to meet the man who makes shoes for Madonna and a host of other celebrities following a talk to students at the International School for Creative Arts at Fulmer.
Wearing her newest Clarks, Polly discovered that Mr Choo is a charming and unassuming man with a boyish sense of humour and a strong Chinese accent who who is keen to talk about his Buddhist faith and his respect for his parents.
Q: Where do you get your own shoes from?
A: I design them myself (today he is wearing black loafers with a square toe) and my cousin makes them for me in London.
Q: What do you wear when you're pottering around at home?
A: I have slippers. I always travel Malaysian Airlines, I'm a Platinum card holder and in first class you get comfortable slippers, I take them home with me.
Q: You make high heels, but have you ever worn them?
A: I wear heels when I go to a club. English people are all taller than me. I have three inches with a half inch platform at the front. You have to get used to them.
Q: Is it to late to learn to wear high heels at the age of 40?
A: Maybe not four inch heels, but you should start with two or two and a half inches, get used to that first. But a lot of men, when they've been married for ten years, they walk in front of their wives. When a woman is wearing heels they have to walk more slowly, but sometimes their husbands won't wait for them.
Q: What's more important to you in a shoe, the comfort or the look of it?
A: First it must keep your feet comfortable but the beauty is also very important. In the 1970s shoes weren't very important, and if you look at photographs you'll see that the feet were cut out of fashion shoots, but now shoes and accessories are very important.
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