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NY Hotel Doormen Talk Comfort Shoes

These men rely on their favorite brands to get them through days spent on their feet.

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Bernard Montpeirous

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Tony Vintis

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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

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