NY Hotel Doormen Talk Comfort Shoes

From hailing cabs to carrying bags, doormen at some of New York’s trendiest hotels agree that comfortable shoes are uniform essentials. Because they’re on their feet all day, these service pros are personalizing their work wardrobes with brands that include Ecco, Dr. Martens and Rockport. And their love of comfort even follows them home, as they stock their after-hours wardrobes with the same brands.

1. Bernard Montpeirous, 42
The Roosevelt Hotel
On the job: 13 years
Wearing: Ecco
On-duty footwear requirements: Black in color
Key features: Comfort, flexibility, warmth in the winter
Total pairs owned: 20
Favorite off-duty brands: Ecco, Bostonian, Clarks
Average cost: $80-$100

2. Tony Vintis, 38

The Roosevelt Hotel
On the job: 15 years
Wearing: Red Wing
On-duty footwear requirements: Dressy
Key feature: Comfort
Total pairs owned: 12
Favorite off-duty brands: Clarks, Ecco
Average cost: $140 for work shoes, $75 for everyday shoes

3. Hector Cosme, 43
Dylan Hotel
On the job: 18 months
Wearing: Black slip-ons supplied by hotel
On-duty footwear requirements: Must be in black
Key feature: Comfort
Total pairs owned: Five
Favorite off-duty brand: Rockport
Average cost: $50-$60

4. Eddie Vargas, 29

The Bryant Park Hotel
On the job: 10 years
Wearing: “Rockport’s my favorite brand.”
On-duty footwear requirements: The color black
Key feature: Style first, then comfort
Total pairs owned: 10
Favorite off-duty brands: Rockport, Clarks
Average cost: Maximum $100

5. Sean Clancy, 39

Royalton New York
On the job: 5 years
Wearing: Dr. Martens
On-duty footwear requirements: Black in color
Key feature: “Large sizes, because I am a 14.”
Total pairs owned: Five to seven
Favorite off-duty brands: Kenneth Cole, Asics, Nike
Average cost: $70-$120

6. Manik Mohamed, 36
The Iroquois New York
On the job: 9 years
Wearing: Rockport
On-duty footwear requirements: Should be in black
Key feature: “I look for the newest style.”
Total pairs owned: About 10
Favorite off-duty brands: Rockport, Nike, Reebok
Average cost: No more than $100

7. David Gomez, 40
The Muse Hotel New York
On the job: 7 years
Wearing: Brown, athletic-inspired Rockports
On-duty footwear requirements: “I like brown to match my summer uniform and black for my winter uniform.”
Key feature: “I spend eight hours on my feet, sometimes without a break, so I definitely look for comfort.”
Total pairs owned: Four
Favorite off-duty brand: Rockport
Average cost: $100

8. Gabriel Santos, 29

Dream New York
On the job: 7 years
Wearing: Nunn Bush
On-duty footwear requirements: Black in color
Key feature: “Comfort. And I always wear insoles.”
Total pairs owned: 25
Favorite off-duty brands: Vans, Nike
Average cost: “I’m a bargain hunter, [so] no more than $100.”

 

 

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