A Look At Leonard Cohen’s Boots
Dominique Issermann’s 1984 photo of Leonard Cohen smoking on a park bench, a shot that has been recycled into posters, post cards, and at least one book cover (the Leonard Cohen Collection songbook published in 2001).
Then there are those boots, shown below in an enlarged section of the Issermann photo.
Leonard Cohen On His Boots
Asked “What’s your most prized material possession” by his friend and interviewer, Danny Fields, Cohen responded “I like these boots,” leading to the following exchange:
D: They’re nice. What are they? How high do they go? Oh I like the toes. It’s hard to get those toes.
L: Today we saw a beautiful pair of boots in the window of a place called Botticelli [Botticelli Shoes – New York City]. I imagine they’re extremely expensive. They didn’t take an credit cards.
D: Oh, but any good boots are at least a hundred dollars.
L: I’ll never accustom myself to that.
D: Shoes are different from anything else.
L: Well, I agree with you. But I only buy boots with foreign money that I don’t understand. I know these cost a lot, but I don’t know how much because I paid francs for them. They’re probably at least a hundred dollars.
Others On Leonard Cohen’s Boots
Music Director Roscoe Beck remembers that at his first meeting with Leonard Cohen in 1979, Cohen “was wearing his customary dark grey suit and black cowboy boots.”1 Anjani Thomas also includes the boots in her description of her first meeting with Leonard Cohen, which took place in 1984:
I was waiting to meet him [Leonard Cohen] at the loft [belonging to John Lissauer]. When he walked through the door, I saw that his cowboy boots and everything he wore was black. It was an impressive entrance.2
- Roscoe Beck On Leonard Cohen, The World’s Quietest Band, “Jenny Sings Lenny,” & More at Cohencentric [↩]
- Anjani Thomas: Personal Communication [↩]