"I like women and I think that they look stunning in high heels -- not that they look bad without high heels. I wouldn't criticize anybody," Bloomberg said, according to a story in this week's issue of the magazine. "But, if I were a woman, I think I would wear high heels."
Though Bloomberg said high heels would be his shoe of choice if he were a woman, he told Mead he doesn't wish high heels were a standard fashion option for men. Bloomberg, who is shorter than his girlfriend, Diana Taylor, declared, "I don't care if a woman is taller than me, with or without heels."
"I just like women," he added.
Mayor Bloomberg's fondness for high heels was previously reported in January in a New York Magazine profile of Christine Quinn in which she said the mayor "likes me in high heels" and would "yell at" her when she wore flats.
At a press conference after that article was published, Bloomberg was asked why he was acting as the "fashion police" and giving Quinn advice on her footwear.
"If she asks, when we have a conversation and joke about it, there’s nothing wrong with that," Bloomberg said.