Schwarzenegger Choice Of Footwear Draws Scrutiny

By: Tracie Cone, Associated Press Email
By: Tracie Cone, Associated Press Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in California's Central Valley on Monday to talk about health care and field questions about water and next month's special election.

Among the other issues drawing attention: his fancy footwear.

At the end of a brief news conference at Fresno City College, a local television reporter blurted out, "What's up with your shoes?"

Schwarzenegger, beginning to turn away from the small cluster of reporters, appeared taken aback by the question. He looked at his feet as the students and local officials attending the event fell silent.

"You like them?" he said as a few people laughed and applauded.

Then he added, "I love shoes."

The governor, who has worn cowboy boots on most of his public visits to the state's agricultural heartland, on Monday wore an eye-catching pair of blue-black shoes bearing an alligator skin pattern. They were stitched in white and tied with contrasting white laces.

The reporter for KMPH-TV who asked the question, Liz Gonzalez, later described them as looking like "alligator bowling shoes."

"I'm not saying they were bad," Gonzalez said afterward, explaining her choice of question. "It was more curiosity than anything."

The former movie star has luxury tastes that include custom-made shoes, Armani suits and expensive cigars. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear downplayed the governor's fashion sense, describing the footwear merely as "black business shoes."


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