Good Day Philadelphia’s Thomas Drayton Has Collected Lots of Shoes – and Champagne Corks

The dapper, Emmy-winning FOX 29 anchor shares the secrets to his polished ’fits and positive vibes.

The always-dapper Thomas Drayton / Photography by Neal Santos

FOX 29’s Thomas Drayton, with his dapper pocket square and infectious smile, brightens Good Day Philadelphia viewers’ mornings before the sun rises. The Emmy-winning anchor, who delivers the news from 4 to 6 a.m., shares the secrets to his polished ’fits and positive vibes.

At Home

Thomas Drayton’s extensive shoe collection.

Feet first … I own 98 pairs of shoes … do I have a problem? I love Blue Sole Shoes on Chestnut Street for rare finds and Taft Shoes on Walnut. Of course, you can never go wrong with a classic Christian Louboutin.  

Daily accessory … My David Yurman ring. My hand feels naked without it!

Skin-care essentials … Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser, followed by Retin-A Tretinoin Cream. La Mer if I’m feeling red in the face. I have crazy-sensitive skin, and M-61 Hydraboost Moisturizer from Bluemercury  feels light and won’t break me out.

Prized possession …  A family Bible passed down through generations.

On my playlist … I’m all over the place when it comes to music. My mood can go from Jonny Lang to Kane Brown to Jazmine Sullivan.

Recent splurge … I went in for an oil change and left with a Lexus RC. They hooked me!

On The Job

What I love about what I do … Sharing stories, connecting with the community, and meeting so many great people. 

Currently working on … A real estate show called Nosy Neighbors. I’m also a licensed real estate agent. It’s a fun take on open houses. It’s still in development, so stay tuned!  

Personal mantra … “Words have the power to heal wounds but can still break the strongest of hearts, so choose them wisely.”  

On the go

Weekend hobby … You’ll find me at a home-improvement store, where I usually hear, “Back again?” Yes, I am. A miter saw is my friend. 

Local hang … Botto’s Italian Line Restaurant in Swedesboro, where everybody knows your name. 

Favorite restaurant … Capital Grille, where I’ll order the filet Oscar, a medium-plus filet mignon topped with crab. 

Thomas Drayton’s drink: an old-fashioned from Attico

Cocktail spot …  Give me a good rooftop bar with a view, like Attico on South Broad. A smoked old-fashioned with Four Roses or 1792 bourbon will do.

Last vacation … New York’s Finger Lakes region. It has beautiful scenery and lots of great wine. 

What I buy in bulk … Champagne. You don’t need a special occasion to pop a bottle. I have more than 2,000 champagne corks. Cheers! 


Published as “Behind the Screen” in the April 2022 issue of Philadelphia magazine.