Gov. Andrew Cuomo really bares his sole in his new memoir — writing that he still sometimes dons the shoes of his late father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
“Since he died, when I have a special or difficult day, I wear my father’s shoes: literally!” writes Cuomo in “American Crisis,” released Tuesday.
“It sounds ridiculous, I know,” Cuomo conceded. “My father wasn’t a material person and we didn’t have many objects to remember him by after his death, but he loved shoes and I wear the same size as he did. My mother gave me my pick.”
Cuomo revealed that the regard his father — who died on New Year’s Day 2015 at the age of 82 — held for fine footwear was forged in his hardscrabble childhood during the Great Depression.
“My father’s love of his shoes stemmed from his growing up during the Great Depression era, when shoes were precious, so he bought quality shoes and took excellent care of them,” he wrote.
Cuomo also recalled his father’s last weeks, and a final promise they shared.
“He was ill and debilitated, and his quality of life had degenerated. In many ways he just didn’t want to go on,” wrote Cuomo. “So I resorted to making it personal. I told him I was several weeks away from inauguration day for my second term and needed him to help me work on the speech.”
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