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Thursday, December 11, 2008

On the Street.... Those Shoes, NYC

You've gotta click on the above image to enlarge the photo because the patching job he did on the right shoe is pretty cool.

Comments on "On the Street.... Those Shoes, NYC"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 AM) : 

I love his sense of confidence. That's the essence of GREAT style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 AM) : 

Ode to your favorite boot...thats love


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

The originality in the shoes definitely adds a lot of character to the look.

Scott, what is your opinion of cuff length on jeans? Generally I prefer a bit shorter than this gentleman.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:37 AM) : 

I've seen this patch construction on a pair of jeans before. Very cool look! Is there a name for the type that it is?

Love to see a well worn pair of shoes- sometimes "Out with the old" is just a shame with something like these!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

the patch job is charming because: it denotes a well worn and enjoyed belonging, a much beloved/functional item. i salute him holding on to his shoes instead of feeling the need for new & spotless. just yesterday i threw away my birkenstocks from college. they are fifteen years old and honestly i was saving them for the children, but for some reason my boys declined the offer!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 AM) : 

a much loved shoe that he won't let go of. we all have a pair of two like that.


Blogger 00 said ... (11:51 AM) : 

Much loved shoes and jeans, we hold on to them until there are more patches than the original material.

I like the way he wears the jeans. A good jacket would have pulled the outfit together. But look at the man, what lazy confidence!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:52 AM) : 

I like. He has cool style.

This post is such a refreshing antidote to footwear featured in womens' fashion magazines at the moment - thanks Sart!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (12:09 PM) : 

He looks like a fashionistic construction worker.

Good find, Sartorialist.


Blogger May Kasahara said ... (12:24 PM) : 

I really REALLY love his look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:25 PM) : 

Great detail, got to love the process and skills of need!!

great work, in doing and finding

love the blog



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:49 PM) : 

I Like the jeans


Blogger TEXTSTYLES said ... (1:12 PM) : 



Blogger diane said ... (1:23 PM) : 

An antique dealer once told me "It is better to polish something you already have, than to buy something new.". I really love that idea. If you have something great that can be repaired, why replace it?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:36 PM) : 

i love the shoes..great work!


Blogger "Eddie in the corner" said ... (1:46 PM) : 

Cat Stevens: "And the patches make the goodbye harder still.."

Agree with Designgod 10:24 about the Confidence in his look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 

there is something about him that's just sexy...


Blogger Dominica said ... (2:10 PM) : 

That's my guy !
Recycling and renovating his outfits (and GOOD voor the environment)
Heart his rocka-billy kinda-denim-look...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:16 PM) : 

Awesome, straight out of Indiana Jones.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:16 PM) : 

oh you always inspire me!, come to stockholm again, there is plenty to see during christmas


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:22 PM) : 

Can't beat redwings! Weirdly I have just been watching 'One flew over the cukoo's nest' reminding me how great Jack Nicholson looked in Levis, chambray shirt, beat up leather flying jacket and wedge soled Redwings.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:51 PM) : 

i am intrigued by the nylon jacket beneath the wool one. counterintuitive layering but very simple and interesting. i'd like to explore role reversing traditional outer and inner materials.


Blogger Stephanie Clayton said ... (2:53 PM) : 

this has an almost beatnik aesthetic, due to the dark wash, cuffed denim & patched shoe....and the attitude he exudes.
lovin' it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:00 PM) : 

LOVE that quotation Diane!

These are the perfect shoes and no else else will ever have them.


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (4:18 PM) : 

Apparently I am the only one who thinks the boots may have been (at least partly) aged on purpose, the wear on some parts does not match the wear and tear on other parts. My red wings are barely a year old, and I dont really wear shoes out, I am going to have mine forever, maybe in 10-15 years mine will look this cool- naturally. Jorge from W Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Those shoes have style and personality, perfect match! I wreally like those shoes:)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:12 PM) : 

I used to work with him at Sony Music.!
He's such a cool guy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:45 PM) : 

He looks like a sculptor or some other kind of visual artist. In fact, I'd bet money on it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 PM) : 

you know, people who find "attitude" and even "style" in patching age-old shoes seem so strange to me) man looks old and shabby. this nylon bomber over a sweater! if he wants to copy a construction worker doin' shopping on Sunday, he certainly succeeds.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Being a huge fan of selvage denim, the fit and turn-up on this gentleman's pair is perfect for him. If you're doing turn-ups, don't do a wimpy 1-inch-- this isn't a pair of tweed trousers, go for what this gentleman has done!

As for the rest of his outfit, not a fan-- as a poster has mentioned, the "construction worker" look, nor the beat-up footwear (deliberated-aged or not) , which seems to be rather popular with many denimheads...



Blogger sam said ... (6:04 PM) : 

at first, i didn't notice the patching on the shoes. i thought they were any old pair of shoes, but then i read on and clicked on the picture...i am inspired! i'm going to go patch my shoes!


Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey said ... (8:03 PM) : 

I'm not a huge fan of denim clothing, but I do like this young chap's get-up. It's reminiscent of a Chinese peasant uniform circa Shanghai 1935. If you're going to do working class, do it with style. At least add a flannel plaid shirt-jac and Red Wing boots.


Blogger wongkamying said ... (8:59 PM) : 

I can tell this look really suits his style from his attitude in this picture... xD


Blogger junglesiren said ... (9:20 PM) : 

Excellent. it's how I like my guy to dress (when he's being casual, that is). Nothing precious or "fine" about it, yet everything seems to be of good quality. It's that "working man" aesthetic (but with rockabilly edge) that appeals to me. It's also very Echo Park.

Just today I purchased those glasses from a Vintage shop in Pasadena for my man for Christmas.

Very nice.


Blogger Miguel said ... (11:57 PM) : 

My kind of shoes...!!


Blogger mette said ... (12:21 AM) : 

He really must love his shoes since he had them patched. Having comfortable shoes is of great importance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 AM) : 

i love the patchwork :)


Blogger spacelounge said ... (1:40 AM) : 

I like his choice of clothing and especially the wool shirt with the nylon windbreaker underneath.
And of course, the state of those boots is just great.
I think this is amekaji or american casual done better than most other pics you see, it looks a lot more relaxed than an EG tweed jacket.
Only Doug or The Painter comes close!

I don' agree with his choise of jeans however. I believe that he is wearing APCs and while they are great jeans, especially for the price, I don't think they fit with the rest of what he's wearing , though.
The denim APC uses is sanforized and singed, giving it a slightly shiny look, and as such it looks to polished or dressed up.
I think that a pair of vintage reproductions such as a pair from Levi's Vintage Clothing or a Japanese brand such as Warehouse, 45rpm or perhaps Kato ;) would look better, because of the slightly different and more suitable denim they use.


Blogger  said ... (5:28 AM) : 

breaking bad ! :P


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:35 AM) : 

Like them but no shoes can be compared to the brown and pink ones you posted from Elsa...amazing!!!!!!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:21 AM) : 

nice shoeeees


Blogger Bedlam said ... (7:43 AM) : 

I understand his frame of thinking. Men and their boots are the weirdest combinations. It looks like he work in these boot and they must be his favorite pair. Instead of trashing them he repaired them. This is the stuff my husband would do. The man looks great anyway.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Your ability to spot the delicate details which are so often the overlooked threads to the tapestry of style only rekindles to me (all of us i am sure) your extraordinary talent Mr Sartorialist. My hat sincerely goes off to you for enlightening my evenings with such finds!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

a bear of a look.


Blogger Paul Pincus said ... (10:08 AM) : 

if yukio mishima were alive today he would look like this!

he's fantastic.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:46 AM) : 

This is Red Wing boots! US made! I have this as well.I am wearing it since 7 year. This one must be older 10 years. Great Job guys!


Blogger MELI. said ... (12:49 PM) : 

super! I always enjoy when you point out little details as such, afterall is the small details in our style that make the difference. thanx sart!! xo/m


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:02 PM) : 

I bought my first redwings in 1992 and they do not look like that, so I would agree, these boots are deliberately "prepared"...

but what I do really find very interesting is that there seems to exist something like a general urban clothing style, since I do exactly the same, wearing a dry-fit running jacket under a denim or pea-coat...

by the way his boots are the socalled model 875 with a new sole...


Blogger susand said ... (3:42 PM) : 

I love how his jeans are brand-spanking new but his boots are old and well loved.
he seems very meticulous.
very nice.


Blogger jkh said ... (4:07 PM) : 

great style and great depression.
guess it all comes down to the dustbowl.

karl lagerfeld just being asked in a german newspaper what the clothing item of the first decade of the new millenium is to him, he said: "the jeans. ... the 90s were so terribly vulgar. everything in mens wear had to be tailored suits." now in fact he say he would like adam kimmel.
well - maybe just going with the flow, as with kimmels regognition at pitti 2008 he is obviously the name to drop.
but still: when the going gets tough the tough get going. - bye bye metrosexuals - hello workwear.


Blogger M said ... (4:25 PM) : 

Paul - excellent call on Mishima! So true!

And while I wouldn't say this about Mishima, I find this man's style perfect and his confidence absolutely seductive!


Blogger jkh said ... (4:51 PM) : 

and honestly, here are three things that i like about this blog:
a) it is - after all - still very nyc-centeric = meaning: not too streetstyle focussed like a berlin-trained eye would be, not too much on the classical effects and playfulness like a milan-trained eye would be... nyc has the incredible sense for quality and details like you only find in the provincial towns of europe - still it is very open for detecting and discussing new influences on a high level of quality and impact (other than berlin for example, nyc is not horizontal but vertical - meaning there is a huge sensitivtiy for things that have true garivitas... hard to explain - but i like the both classical and human (or humanist) eye combined with a critical openess for the new... (hard to explain, as the magic of nyc in general is. - ...but i tried.)
b) following this 'documentary'-blog for a longer time one can really pin-point when or where one has seen things or details for the first time - or when ore where one has become aware of them for the first time... and it has then been - very often - omn the sartorialist in fact. - so i have say i like this inspirational dialogue. the sartorialist - in all the randomness of its documentation can still spin some yarn that weaves into a carpet where you can trace cultural development. (hard to explain - but i tried)
c)and thirdly - i think my own playfullness and eclectic way of dressing has - although it always existed - has become evermore relaxed and flowing since i discoverd this medium here.
in short: here is to scott! - a job very well done! (easy to say - and i did.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:10 PM) : 

thank god. i'm so sick of seeing men in skinny-leg jeans.


Blogger Bombchell said ... (7:47 PM) : 

lol wow


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:22 PM) : 

nice take on the vintage workwear look. the glasses make him look like a modern thinking man who's not afraid to get his hands dirty. or maybe it's the other way around...


Blogger ellastica said ... (11:02 PM) : 

impressive layering: sharp not bulky.
i wish my husband dressed this way!
heck i wish i looked this pulled together!


Blogger Simon said ... (4:02 AM) : 

Very cool job on the shoes...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:55 AM) : 

Those redwings need some oil pronto!
Otherwise; nice stile and execution.


Blogger Bridget said ... (9:33 AM) : 

The patching job is to dye for!! Matched with laces them the same match with the sewings of the brand new jean!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:10 AM) : 

funny thing is, you can tell from his attitude that he really doesn't care what we think of his look. He has great confidence, style and individuality. You can tell he is a total artisan/tinkerer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:38 AM) : 

Very good style. Excellent haircut. Love the jackets & shirt & patched shoes. The cuffs are not good--they make him look short. Not into his tempermental expression, though perhaps he's sleep-deprived.


Blogger The Year in Pictures said ... (12:51 PM) : 

I love the picture, love the style, but am also wit the group who think this is a "considered" rather than a natural look. It's a RRL/r45 style interpretation of construction wear.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:15 PM) : 

This is honestly very impressive. When you look closely and think about everything he's wearing, you realize the genius of the on-point layering.
First of all, I love the jeans. They're different than the skinnier ones you see these days and their structure is great. The way he cuffed them on the bottom really works.
Second, his shoes are something all of their own. (They look great with the cuffed jeans, too) He could have easily messed up the look of the shoe with an ugly patch but the one he made here looks great and adds character.
Finally, the layering and use of fabrics he used effortlessly work great together, everything from the (wool, is it?) navy blazer to the grey-blue taffeta jacket to the warm chestnut sweater. The quirky glasses are the subtle cherry on top.

End product, this man looks great and confident. Simplicity can't be beat, thanks Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:42 PM) : 

62 comments so far but the look on his face says - I dont care what anyone thinks! awesome! like the boots, like the cuffs, like the buzzcut, like the glasses... go man!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:08 AM) : 

What goes around comes around - great look - not like all these metrosexual guys,
the boots are red wing old style number 8804


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:47 AM) : 

love it. new laces and patches keep him in his favorite shoes. so nice to see someone commit to something they love.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:15 PM) : 

yes, the buzz cut and the glasses make him impossibly handsome, like my dad in the early 60s. Beautiful combination of browns and blues. Love his confidence.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

I've just got some new Red Wings - this makes me want to hammer the crap out of them.


Blogger madameshawshank said ... (9:58 PM) : 

diane's comment:An antique dealer once told me "It is better to polish something you already have, than to buy something new.". I really love that idea. If you have something great that can be repaired, why replace it?


They remind me of a pair my husband gave me years back..oh how I love those good friends..

'n the idea of patching..letting the shoe know it's ok to be a little worse (but not worse!) for wear..the joy of the fade.. your eye!


Blogger Colin said ... (8:39 PM) : 

thats a filson mackinaw cruiser jacket... and its great.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:09 PM) : 

So much attention for the shoes.
But I love the eyeglasses as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:48 AM) : 

This guy oozes sexiness...such a powerful, salaciuos, aloofness...can I keep him.


Blogger Tord said ... (10:55 AM) : 

I just saw this guy on the street in Philadelphia on Friday, 02 Jan 09. I noticed the cuffs on the dark jeans cuffs, and then the shoes, and I looked for the repair.

I never realized just how much this blog has become a part of my perspective.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 PM) : 

One of the first words one learns after moving to Russia is 'remont' as this means renovating and the state of renovation of any property is one of the first things to be discussed with your property agent. Shortly thereafter one notices the sign 'remont obuvy' all over the place. Perhaps in the corner of a chic department store, hanging over a slightly ajar door in a rather decrepit building, on a streetside kiosk... eventually you remember to ask someone 'What is 'obuvy'? I can't figure it out? What the hell is 'remont obuvy'? "Shoe repair,' comes the answer.


Anonymous Ken said ... (1:56 AM) : 

great combination i like the shoes most.


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