Does the Pope really wear Prada shoes?

Ok I have to admit, I always thought the Pope wore red Prada shoes.

I thought it would be cool! I mean, a fashionable Pope. All of us have the desire to serve God, and look good while doing it. I mean what’s Prada shoes when walking to meetings. Or a LV bag to put your Bible in. Or an iPad to write your talk notes.

But then again, where’s the simplicity in that? Is it right for the Pope (ok, for all of us) to bend over backwards to buy expensive things we don’t need – much less things we can’t really afford? So, if you believe the hype of the red Prada Papal shoes, you’d actually get pretty annoyed.

Well, I have news. He doesn’t have red Prada shoes (and neither do I). I researched it from here.

“According to Vatican sources the Pope’s shoes are made by a cobbler from Novara called Adriano Stefanelli, who makes them from calf or kid for the winter and nappa leather for the summer. Papal shoe repairs are carried out by Antonio Arellano, a Peruvian shoemaker in the Borgo, the medieval quarter next to St Peter’s. The article, on “Ratzinger’s Liturgical Vestments”, was written by Juan Manuel de Prada, the noted Spanish writer and author of The Tempest, who is not related to the fashion company. De Prada said that the image of the German-born Pope as concerned with “frivolity” was at odds with the truth, which was that he was a “simple and sober” man. Suggestions to the contrary were “stupid and banal”.”

Phew. So it was written by de Prada. Maybe that was the confusion there? Hahaha. So I guess I can’t get the LV bag? And the iPad should stay with Des.

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