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December 27, 2010 at 8:47 am
Wow, heavy duty. Love the use of duct tape?
December 27, 2010 at 8:48 am
December 27, 2010 at 8:55 am
Very interesting. i like the colour of the jeans and the shoes are great.
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December 27, 2010 at 8:57 am
CLEVER!!!! I can't believe you are on the streets with all that snow!! CRAZY!!
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December 27, 2010 at 8:58 am
Excellent ingenuity! Form & function…
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December 27, 2010 at 8:59 am
very strange http://blondpantheretlouboutin.blogspot.com/2010/12/love-party_26.html#links
Whoa, silver duct tape = awesome, apparently.
December 27, 2010 at 9:01 am
That is so cool!
December 27, 2010 at 9:04 am
little bit of a contrast in shoewear in your last two posts
December 27, 2010 at 9:09 am
He obviously doesn't want anything touching his ankles! Serious stuff there lol
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December 27, 2010 at 9:10 am
Why did you put this photography?
December 27, 2010 at 9:14 am
This isnt fashion, or cool.. its a photo of a homeless person.. reality check please.
December 27, 2010 at 9:16 am
Okay not quite sure…..?
Another great use of duct tape.
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December 27, 2010 at 9:18 am
Very grunge and futurist!But it's weird…
December 27, 2010 at 9:22 am
With Duct tape and WD40 you can rule the world….smiles.
December 27, 2010 at 9:24 am
i don't get it
December 27, 2010 at 9:31 am
i don`t get, man, that`s a homeless person
December 27, 2010 at 9:36 am
Yes, photo of a homeless person – but wait! Urban hip-wader, boot/pant combos will be all over the runways in a couple of years!
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December 27, 2010 at 9:37 am
With all the different types and colors of duct tape out there, I think duct tape will be the way to salvage bags, jackets and boots! It's very Recession-friendly too.
December 27, 2010 at 9:41 am
Wauw, that person really dares to wear anything.
December 27, 2010 at 9:45 am
Ingenious. Might have to try this next time I'm out shoveling snow. Seems like it would be a pain to take off though.
December 27, 2010 at 9:46 am
hahaha that's a genius foil to the snow over the boot problem! i'm amazed if that's bare ground in the photo… we got almost a foot here in Providence.
December 27, 2010 at 9:54 am
Just glad not to be homeless, living in the cold of NYC and obliged to wear gum-boots – poor guy (?) must be frozen x
December 27, 2010 at 9:57 am
He's homeless, it's about function.Guiltfreestyle.blogspot.com
December 27, 2010 at 10:00 am
It's not cool or even interesting it's just really sad as an anonymous said before this is probably a picture of someone living in the streets WAKE UP there's nothing funny!!!!how can you comment this saying it's "so cool"?????You are all unhearted people and in these days of Xmas you should be ashamed ….
December 27, 2010 at 10:07 am
Is this a homeless or a fashionable person??.. I think it is a very very good… photography :) Bravo!
December 27, 2010 at 10:15 am
omg…it was horrible weather here, nyc.. combination of blizzard and thunders last nite.. seriously we need to be like this if you go out side today. totally snowed in..
December 27, 2010 at 10:17 am
December 27, 2010 at 10:21 am
Some say it's interesting… I just don't like it at all!!
it's too cut through the snow people…without getting your ankles wet
December 27, 2010 at 10:22 am
Just what the doctor ordered – reading the NYC weather today…
December 27, 2010 at 10:26 am
Inventive as well as creative.
December 27, 2010 at 10:29 am
I got it! It's the new trend replacing ridiculously short trousers on men.
December 27, 2010 at 10:33 am
NOw what is this person's story? You certainly peeked my curiousity with this picture!
December 27, 2010 at 10:38 am
I wonder who this person is…Construction worker having to work through the snow, business man having to trek through the snow (and saving his finest for the office)…no its not "fashion" (at the moment) but is sure as hell is smart. for those who've been in NY during any snow storm this is normal if you have any intentions on keeping your toes.
And for those questioning the post of the picture, not everything inspirational is candy-coated, bejeweled and obvious.
December 27, 2010 at 10:40 am
I agree with an earlier poster…this isn't fashion, it's (sadly) someone trying hard to keep warm. God bless!
December 27, 2010 at 10:41 am
Functionality before aesthetics.I bet HIS feet stayed dry. :)
December 27, 2010 at 10:46 am
i love strange outfits,but this i just don't get it…
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December 27, 2010 at 10:53 am
Scott has gone mad! this is sooooo bad… almost offensive…AA
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December 27, 2010 at 10:55 am
This person is a Jedi.Duct tape is an extension of the Force. It has a light side and a dark side and it binds the universe together.
Chilean Miner with snowboarding boots? Combination looks very hobo/need a job but it works. Really would like to know this story.
December 27, 2010 at 11:00 am
A neat departure from the usual lol
December 27, 2010 at 11:01 am
December 27, 2010 at 11:03 am
I think this is an artphoto. Love the colors and heavy message. Tape is used to make sure that those good shoes are not stolen while owner sleep?
December 27, 2010 at 11:05 am
hahahaha i loveeee the boundaries of fashion
December 27, 2010 at 11:15 am
I really wonder what purpose this has… O.o
December 27, 2010 at 11:18 am
good stuff. can't quite envision how the function (getting the boots on and off) works, but certainly a picture that suggests using your imagination to translate that into fashion.
December 27, 2010 at 11:21 am
I love the textures. This is someone who's planning to be outside for a while.
Haha. So many things could be said. Lets leave it to our imagination.
December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am
Great photograph, it really captures the ingenuity needed when inclement weather hits and what the homeless do to keep themselves alive. Very moving.
December 27, 2010 at 11:35 am
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Happy holidays Scott!
December 27, 2010 at 11:38 am
this picture shouldn't be in this blog but maybe in some hobbies blog….I don't know why people have to find something trendy in everything… sometimes there is simply nothing to notice.
December 27, 2010 at 11:39 am
is that… duct tape?
December 27, 2010 at 11:40 am
The picture is awesome. Reality is not.
December 27, 2010 at 11:42 am
excellent post. brings us back to the practicality – and reality of fashion.
December 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
Yes strange !!
December 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm
So unusual. It's uniquely amazing! It's just creative. It looks like high boots. Sort of.
December 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Clever way to deal with heavy snow.
December 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm
disappointing.you haven't posted since friday and you come back with this picture? truly a let down.
Yeah, this must be New York.
December 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm
That's pretty cool. I love the open buckles and how they pick up the silver of the tin foil/duct tape…
this person is not homeless.He is a construction worker.
December 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Awesome! I love the boots, but it's the duct tape in classic silver that made me take notice. It just goes to show that even a homeless person or city worker or whoever this person is can accessorize with wit and style, given what's available to them.
December 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm
that's one inventive construction worker ;-)
December 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm
I am also wondering if it's workwear or homelesswear, due to the obvious difficulty of changing clothes at theend of the day. If I actually lived inNYC I'd probably not need to ask thequestion. Anyway, the photo really works as a photograph. And that's nosurprise coming from the Sartorialist!http://www.see360studios.com
December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Homeless person or construction worker…whatever works to keep the snow out!!!
December 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm
great shot scott!
only you could make a construction worker look fashionable.
watch this be the newest trend on the streets
December 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm
He either has duct tape on to keep is boots up or his pants down.
December 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Whoever this person is, there's always a slight line between what's ridiculous and what's considered "fashionable"…nowadaysit seems that everything can work and be "cool"!
December 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Clever. And I love the jedi comment above. Hope you New Yorkers are doing okay with all that snow!
December 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm
hahahaha …and then their was silence….. Does anyone have anything to say for your yourselves?
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." – Abraham Lincoln
December 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm
We all realize that no one's going to be out in the snow in their Manolo Blahniks. I think this was a clever picture to show the craziness of this storm.
December 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm
ahah so clever!!
December 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Ducked tape over boots. Frankly, in a very wet enviornment that would be a brilliant way to keep the water out of your boots. But fashion statement? I don't think so.
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December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm
I love your blog..!
December 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm
very interesting though I don't get it…
December 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm
I battled with this photo. It affects the emotions in that it could be of a homeless or an eccentric person. Maybe you could have indicated that the guy is a construction worker. It comes close to the bone.
December 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm
one look at the picture: wow.
December 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Another foray into the lives of the working classes? Honestly, The Sartorialist could use some hand holding in this area. The line between art and objectification isn't that thin, yet seems to crossed here frequently.
December 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm
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December 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Nice shot, whether it is fashion or not is up to everyones taste, but one thing is certain it has provoked a discussion, some like it and some not. My thoughts immediately went to a working guy would love t see the rest of the outfit.
The duct tape seems to be purely practical due to the weather conditions surely?
Keep up the good work Scott.
December 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm
I love it – makes you think around corners.
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December 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm
I love it!
This is the kind of guy (or gal?) you want around in times of crisis!
Inventive, Practical, & No-nonsense!
I swoon for folks who know how to make a way out of no way!
Survival of the fittest pair of boots!
December 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Oh, and I also meant to say:
Perfect photograph, Scott!
It's like a 3-tiered cake celebrating the occasion of Blizzard Day!
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December 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm
this photo is so crisp and perfect and reminds me of my brother.
December 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Don't tell me…a statement on what not to do..
December 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm
December 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Haha, very interesting.
December 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm
I think this is incredibly unique. Maybe a bit weird, but it says some character about this person.
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December 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Whaaat?! Man at work I hope…. in that case: great idea! :)
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December 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Oh, my goodness. I would love to know the story behind this ultra-utili look.
Oh, wow, wow! I don't know why I like it, but I just do.
Scott, could this look be considered a kind of "couture"?
What if our favorite designers began to incorporate this metallic look into the fabric of their jeans?
OK, designers, you may contact me for further musings on utili-style for 2011! :)
December 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm
rough and tough!
December 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I thought this was my friend, who's an avid cyclist here in Lower East Side. As we always say, "Duct tape and super glue fix everything".
It's almost pathetic some people think beauty only exists on the rack or on the window of designer boutiques.And mind you, some homeless people are dressing sensibly despite their limited source and unfortunate condition….
December 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Nice job man. Striking! indeed. Especially to see it on a blog like this. This is one of our realities. A homeless person.
December 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm
I was outside today photographing snow in Central Park, and let me tell you – this is a smart idea to tape your pants to your shoes! Of course, it is also sad because this picture is most likely of a homeless person, and this isn't a good time for them.
Either way, the silver cheers up the idea, if only a little bit…
December 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm
You people are so funny…
This is a Cement Mason or Concrete Construction worker.
They use these boots so that concrete does nottouch their skin or feet. It's also keeps their feet dry.
Obviously no one here is in touch with the construction industry.
December 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm
December 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm
recycling smart ! or being clever and interesting while poor ! (i know all about the latter) : )
December 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Necessity is the mother of what???
Why would people be offended with this being a homeless person? Scott's blog isn't just about girls in bandage dresses and high-heels. He takes photos of people coming from ALL aspects of life. Homeless or a billionaire, both are worthy of a photograph. Good golly, you picky, whiney people.
I, for one, love it; it reminds me of something the crazy doc would wear in Back to the Future!
December 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm
December 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm
laugh out loud with thumbs up!
December 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm
very unique and full of personality!
December 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm
December 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm
I hate snow falling in my boot tops and have thought of doing this several times.Also, interesting how many people who posted earlier equate functionality with homelessness.
December 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Well its what at least mens clothing is all about, useful and natural. This guy adapted to the circumstances.he is cooler than any of the other posts simply because he did not dress conciously but naturally.
December 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm
December 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm
I wish I woulda thought of that. But I would have had to tape myself up to the waist to stay dry.
December 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Those are very interested boots.
December 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm
December 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm
Ricola, I think people equated this look with homelessness because it's something many homeless people do to stave off hypothermia. It's seen very often. Not simply functionality, but using cheap, easily available duct tape in particular. It's not a strange conclusion to reach.
Personally I thought the boots were in too good of condition to belong to a homeless man.
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December 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Wow I just love your blog!!!I guess there must be a lot of snow in NYC today!!!xoxo Susanne
December 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm
people commenting on blogs are funny, most of them always say the same, something positive, kissing ass. I don't like one thing about those boots or trousers. It's sad that he needs to tape his pants to his boots to walk trough the snow.
December 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm
the " Tin Man " in Manhattan.. December 2010 blizzard.
December 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm
To Sarah S.Yes, some of your points are very valid, if this guy really is homeless. (But consider the fact that he might just be a construction worker among other things! We do not and cannot know it for a fact.)However, the texture and the colour palette of this picture are interesting nonetheless, and that also has to count for something, especially in a fashion blog.
December 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Those criticizing Scott, wake up. He isn't being insensitive to the homeless and it's not about a fashion statement. It's about dealing with the snow in NYC. I live in SF and I get it because I read the news. Think twice before you make assumptions. Or you might be called an A**hole.
December 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm
what a smart savvy way to stay dry on the job!
December 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm
uhh…sorry this isn't creative or stylish at all. If it was deliberate, maybe it'd be cool, but it's just a homeless guy keeping warm. Oh how avant-garde! Not really…
December 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm
A symphony of form and function!
December 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm
I love the use of color and the carefree way the boots are in disarray. what flair, how can I meet this person? Does anyone know how to get the silver leg warmers? Are they Danskin? JCrew Soho grease pit, maybe.
December 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Since when has gaffer tape been a fashion must have. The GFC has a lot to answer for.
December 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Clearly, the homeless exist for our amusement. I hope you at least gave him a few bucks.
December 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm
December 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm
reminds me of a firefighter for whatever reason.
December 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Wow – very brave.. especially in NYC. I think I'd call it "Holding onto lost memories," though.
Time to ditch the hobo look and get some new attire.
December 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm
Let me show you… Derelicte!
December 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm
this is weird.. uncomfy tape for style..?
December 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm
A fireman suit?
December 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Cool, Chic, Colors??? I get when people don't understand what is this picture doing in here, but why do some other think this is a look???This is just an ingenious way to befall the blizzard of new york right now!And since we're talkin about fashion, I can only imagine that Scott found that the creativity of this man was worth posting.
December 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm
That is stupid, very disappointing you would post this Scott. It's not fashion, it's just a guy who does want stuff down his boots. Lazy.
December 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm
I think some followers are missing the point of the Sartorialist. If you've read some of his posts in the past, Scott is inspired by photographers that capture something aside from the obvious. He looks at photography from an artistic point of view—fashion being the subject matter. So if you're thinking this has nothing to do with haute couture or fashion, you've missed the point.
December 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm
Dirty style! it's strange but interesting and particular!Kisses, Alinne.
December 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm
December 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm
i love the sense of humor in this image, it honestly cant be taken serious, if at all.. :)
December 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm
December 28, 2010 at 12:15 am
Hahahaha duck tape around the jeans was a HUGE trend when i was in 6th grade… i wore duck tape bracelets too.
December 28, 2010 at 12:32 am
20-inches of snow, people. Add to that the mountains on curbs where you could easily sink in to your mid-thigh. Duct tape dude has the right idea. The only thing political about this photo concerns global warming!
December 28, 2010 at 12:50 am
So many haters… isn't this blog about real people wearing what real people wear? Sadly, homelessness is a reality. I like to think this photograph is poking fun at the absurdity of Christmas' blatant consumerism.
Great photo and thought provoking.
December 28, 2010 at 1:50 am
As we Canadians know, duct tape fixes everything. Duct Tape Forever!
December 28, 2010 at 2:04 am
This is the bomb! I live in Chicago and had to shovel snow all day and I got snow in my socks…I was so pissed off. If only I did what this guy did today…
December 28, 2010 at 3:00 am
My favorite shot so far… probably because I am a working artist who's art is influenced by fashion. Thank you for posting.
December 28, 2010 at 3:25 am
Guys, I think he's homeless and just doesn't want his boots to be STOLEN, when he sleeps.
I guess it's all a matter of perspective – as this clever post shows us…
December 28, 2010 at 3:51 am
Are you protesting something? Christmas spirit? These could be the footwear of some modern urban shepherd. Happy Christmas season, there are still many days of it left!
December 28, 2010 at 5:07 am
i d love duck tape bracelets!i think that all those styles, inspired by the army or the work-and the working class-, are gorgeus!
December 28, 2010 at 5:15 am
Totally disproportionate comments about the homeless person or being a cool picture. Not everything is cool and not everyone that doesn't wear Prada shoes is homeless.
Give the "photo shooter" some credit here for not necessarily wanting to show us the homeless style, but rather a functional clever solution from a man from the streets on his job.
A job not necessarily by sitting behind a desk by sipping latte's but fighting the cold weather in NY city.
December 28, 2010 at 6:20 am
cool and stunning! wow! love this pic!
December 28, 2010 at 6:41 am
Hi Great photo, mysterious and inspiringMany thanksMaria
December 28, 2010 at 7:45 am
Gotta love human creativity and ingenuity ;)
December 28, 2010 at 8:19 am
Remarkable photograph, Scott. Whether it's the boots of a homeless person, a workman or someone readying for the storm it forces me to think about uncomfortable things. Sometimes life trumps style. Beautiful work.
December 28, 2010 at 8:31 am
Father Christmas needs new gear in the 21st century, a sign of our times due to changing weather conditions.
December 28, 2010 at 9:05 am
Well, at least his ankles won't be cold, right? You do what you've gotta do to keep warm during the harsh winter.
December 28, 2010 at 9:10 am
intersting and intriguing.
December 28, 2010 at 10:25 am
I have seen planty of workers around NYC have the duct tape around the pant and the boot, i hear is mainly to keep stuff to get inside the boot.But what if it was a homeless guy? Why is it a bid deal posting a photo of a homeless guy? This blog is about fashion, and fashion i believe is a way of life.Scott next time you might want to specify that: On the Street….WORKER in East 13th St., New York… LOL!!
December 28, 2010 at 11:44 am
The art of dressing for the conditions one finds oneself in: problem solving and creative, much more attractive than soggy hems and water/snow stained leather. And his trousers are the colour of old photographs.
I wouldn't mind a pair of those boots myself, love the red soles.
December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm
This image bothered me, too, at first, mostly because the person is cropped out and that decision prompts my curiosity. What is being withheld? Other elements: there's the child-like feeling emanating from the iconic, unbuckled boots, they seem innocent. Then the duct tape and how it's applied: spontaneously, decisively. Then the dirty pants: a little scary and "real." All together a thought-provoking image of something "fashioned."
December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Im sorry darling, great picture but this cannot be style. This is not function over fashion either. Gets some Wellies put silver duct tape all over that and waaahlaa…functional fashion grunge look. :)
December 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm
interesting, I kinda like it!
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December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm
the truest picture since weeks- time meets fashion meets politics meets everything.. gaffa is king.
December 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Getting snow down your boots sucks. Make do with what you have, or don't have. Nice job Scott.
December 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm
I love this photo and i think this is the perfect place for it. We get very caught up in the "conspicuous consumption" aspect of fashion where people of means distinguish themselves from the rest of us with envy-inducing, recognizably expensive clothing and accessories . However next to real adversity a preoccupation with fashion comes off as frivolous and incredibly self-indulgent. As for the subject here, judging by what appear to be broken buckles on the boots and the filthy state of the pants, I'm going to say that this a person who is making due with very little rather than, as some suggested here, a construction worker with a steady paycheck who is accustomed to working in adverse weather conditions and has the means to equip him/herself accordingly. It is certainly not a person who has the luxury to care about appearance. Interesting to see how uncomfortable this photograph has made some of us. At any rate, I do hope this person has a very good pair of wool socks under those boots. If not, I propose taking up a collection to deliver some to him/her. Scott?
Ilse van der Velden
December 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm
you've done poor or modest before but this is different..crossing a line here….is it a homeless person? that would be the only reasonable explanation for the ducttape; he has no home in which he can take his shoes off. plus the trousers (jeans?) are very, very old and dirty…tell us Scott!
December 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm
It is interesting that nobody has realised that this is a battle scared and fire-proofed 'Fireman'. Am I not wrong?
December 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm
December 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Shades of "Home Alone". Talkin' 'bout The South Bend Shovel Slayer, son!
December 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm
'Ghostbusters meet Metal'….nice and intresting
December 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm
I think people are reading too far into this photo. Yes, it may be a homeless person, or a construction worker, or even just an experienced northerner, but the reason Scott posted this picture may simply be because he thought it was interesting. He is a "Design Influencer." Perhaps he simply hopes someone will also find it interesting and draw inspiration from it.
December 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm
90 years ago puttees or taller boots were used for the purpose that ducttape is being used here. The march ofprogress isn't always in the forward direction..
Here on the west coast cement work israrely done in vile weather so I haven't seen this particular use of duct tape
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December 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm
December 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm
A sartorial "There! I fixed it!" moment. :)
December 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm
This I didnt understand??? Can someone please?
December 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm
In a snow storm, the East Village embodies the fashion tastes of Wasilla.
December 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm
A treeplanter. That's what they do out in the bush to protect against bugs.
December 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm
What the heck?? What is the purpose of this picture??
December 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm
am I missing something?…otherwise this is ridiculous
December 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm
WAY more interesting than any chanel or prada clad woman.
December 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm
thats pretty fantastic! And great shot!
December 29, 2010 at 12:12 am
December 29, 2010 at 12:36 am
GREAT SCOTT MARTY!
December 29, 2010 at 1:28 am
Thanks for "getting" NYC, Scott.Well done.
December 29, 2010 at 4:17 am
The saying that instantly comes to mind, "A picture is worth a thousand words!"
I've missed your blog posts Scott, this flu kicked my butt and kept me away. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful Garance!
December 29, 2010 at 4:29 am
this is so awfull!!!!
December 29, 2010 at 5:03 am
woah! what the heck! what a great idea! haha
December 29, 2010 at 7:29 am
amazing! it works somehow!xthatgirlfromhk.blogspot.com
December 29, 2010 at 8:04 am
i actually thought he was a fire fighter.. cost of the foil and the dust on his boots. could almost pass for ski boots even..
December 29, 2010 at 8:29 am
functional and horrible, definetly a new trend…
December 29, 2010 at 8:54 am
my husband uses electrical tape. keeps your pant cuffs down while you're working. electrical tape (hockey tape) comes off without ripping your pants. he also uses it on our son's snowpants so snow won't go into his boot. And over his rainpants.
December 29, 2010 at 9:21 am
great photo.. we could use this technique too.. snow over the knees
December 29, 2010 at 9:40 am
Looks like his shoes laces broke so he used tape. Brilliant idea!! Love your blog!
December 29, 2010 at 11:15 am
Love the street shots…
December 29, 2010 at 11:59 am
i love how you captured the light on this photo, sublime!
December 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm
I see the function but it's those nasty stains…plumber and grease trap come to mind.
December 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm
My first thought was: firefighter? And then later, I passed a car accident and instead of craning my neck to see if everyone was ok, I was craning to see the firefighters shoes of choice. What have you done?
December 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm
On second thought, I GET IT: Duct Boots… as opposed to Duck Boots. Man are we clever!
December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm
How interesting that from even a waist-down shot there are enough hints to make so many people think homeless. It makes you realize just how tuned into clothing and what it reveals about us we are.
And also how easy it is to still be wrong. I thought he was homeless myself, but it turns out he is a construction worker (Scott said so in one of the comments above, but it was buried and forgotten in the comments that followed).
Makes you think.
December 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Are you laughing at us? I am laughing.
December 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Duct tape doesn't necessarily mean anyone is homeless. I put my kids shoes in bread loaf bags when it snows! Love the shot.
Jennifer Hawkins Hock
December 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm
I wish the rest of the wearer was in the photo, so I could decide how to feel about this…is it sad (as in – a homeless person trying to remain warm), or clever (which it is – because it keeps snow out of the boots)…mostly, it is an interesting combination of shiny, wet, realistic and thought-provoking.I would feel bad using it as style inspiration if this is a homeless person, but perhaps not if it is a firefighter.
Mabel and Zora
December 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm
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December 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Interesting and creative-but not especially aesthetically pleasing.getyourowncake.blospot.com
December 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm
I love it when style and function converge. I hope there are some woolly socks under all that.
December 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm
December 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Since when did this blog become the Hobo-ist? ;)
December 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm
it is amazing how you see the beauty in the small an daily things! congratulations for having a blog like The sartorialist and for being soo special person!
December 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm
this is either a firefighter, or someone at their last wits with all the snow? we chose to go shovel with trashbags taped above the knees!
December 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm
December 30, 2010 at 12:29 am
Hey, the city is cold and gross right now…do what you can to survive the black slush…
December 30, 2010 at 12:45 am
So much more sensible than people I saw walking around in nice leather boots covered in salt stains through the slush and snow. And frankly, with snow still up above my knees in my neighborhood, I might try the tape over boots look tomorrow. I'm tired of snow down my boots!
December 30, 2010 at 1:47 am
I have thought a lot about this photograph. For me it represents ingenuity and making do with what little one has available. In wars or times of poverty people still care about fashion but figure out alternatives; for example, using cork for the soles of shoes in , or aluminum to create jewelry instead of silver or gold.
What is the point of this photo? To me, the point is that fashion sometimes comes from unexpected places. Denim started out as a working person's fabric. Moon boots, flannel shirts, and pea coats didn't start out as fashionable, either.
Even if the guy is homeless, why not show off his style?
December 30, 2010 at 3:51 am
This pic is degrading and first of all in a very bad taste!
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December 30, 2010 at 4:33 am
December 30, 2010 at 5:08 am
Not beautiful but a solution to a problem. A bit like newspaper inside the jacket for extra insulation, plastic bags inside shoes to keep socks dry or socks over shoes to keep from slipping on ice. I just hope there are nice warm woolly socks inside those boots
December 30, 2010 at 5:54 am
There is nothing cool or funny or amazing in the fact that someone is so under equiped to work in that cold weather! You fashion maniacs are really unsane!
December 30, 2010 at 6:13 am
this photo is amazing. i think that photography should be about moments like these, finding beauty in the mundane yet unusual. Although i love images of beautiful people in beautiful clothing, images like these are the ones that truly stay with the audience.
December 30, 2010 at 7:47 am
You've got to be joking surely.
The Girl Next Door
December 30, 2010 at 8:15 am
Fish Monger no doubt?
December 30, 2010 at 10:00 am
As soon as I saw this photo, I immediately thought construction or rail worker… not homeless person. I supposed if you had to wade through all of the snow that just got dumped on NYC recently, you would better understand the duct tape's function.
I find it interesting how so many people were abhorred by the thought that this was a picture of a homeless man. I guess it's more comfortable for the homeless to remain ignored and unseen rather than for them to be a harsh in-your-face reality.
Le Petit Monique
December 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Love that picture!:)
December 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Gosh people, lighten up. A serious storm calls for serious creativity in keeping the body at bay. This worker chose a clever and sound way to keep the snow out so he could keep working. I think it's a great last photo of the year, exhibiting a 'can do' spirit.
December 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Well, I'll be hornswaggled.
The boots of a poor person offend/catch the eye of someone whose most potent driving force in life is … sartorialism.
And you're out taking pictures of them just to shoot your ultimate sartorialist wad.
How pathetic can you get.
December 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm
First class photo…It does all the things a good photo is supposed to do…makes the viewer stop and think; brings out a range of emotions. Well done!!
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December 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm
Not sure if this person is homeless or not but the practicality of putting duct tape on one's boots simply illisutrates the hard knuckle beauty of the working man.
December 31, 2010 at 12:25 am
What was the point of this photo? Some days, we, as the audience, have to wonder why bloggers/photographers have moved away from the street to shooting all the hotshots in fashion right now…and then…this? Strange… would love to hear what made you post it up; of course, shoot whatever you want. And to all those people answering for Scott, please don't. course, art is all around, design influences, blah blah, that I'm reading, yes art it is… but I'll be looking when it translates into something interesting…Like what Armani did with Spring 2011 taking "inspiration" from the Tuaregs in Africa. Found it really hilarious -although some pieces in the collection are amazing – how the tribes are influencing fashion …what years back colonialism did to Africa..a stranger world we live in.
Considering I live in a very cold climate, this photo to me is uninspiring yet bold and completely stupid. If this inspires anyone, do tell us.
December 31, 2010 at 1:09 am
Brutal beauty! This is an image I'd love to live with. I suppose this picture could have been taken in many cities but to me it's a perfect metaphor for NYC. Reminds me of how the city kicks my ass every day. Thanks for sharing, Scott.
December 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm
oh the many uses of duct tape
January 1, 2011 at 10:13 am
Wow, what intricate design on those shoes! I love that. It looks like they were a bit repaired, but for some reason all that duct tape still works.
January 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm
i will say it it french, "très stylé"!
January 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm
His boots are for me so futuristic, i love it…..in fashion you never know what it is in or out….but that is in ;).
Happy new year from Slovenia. Love your blog, Simona.
January 2, 2011 at 10:08 am
Space man ,I always wanted u to know .
January 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Kind of strange , but original ! kisses from Brazil
January 3, 2011 at 8:05 am
I see a great outfit for a woman here – burgundy shoes, glossy black 3/4 length dress, large platinum coloured accessory (bag, necklace, scarf, glasses or whatever) indigo scarf and dark tan 3/4 length coat – great colour study.
January 3, 2011 at 11:49 am
Is nt it obvious he s in construction ! Snicker trousers and steel toe boots ! Anonymous do u have a desk job !
January 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm
necessity is the mother of invention (creativity)EXCELLENT—functional style.
January 4, 2011 at 12:28 am
I like your blog, but this is the problem with fashion. "Oh wow, genius- so futuristic- homeless chic!" Posting this picture is fine, but by doing so without comment you put it out there for aesthetic debate. This is obviously a homeless person whose choice of footwear is the antithesis of the pricey and ridiculous footwear your readership covets. get some perspective, and maybe give some perspective while you are at it.
January 4, 2011 at 3:39 am
Obviously there are some people who just like whatever you put on this website. Wow! so painfully positive.
January 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm
January 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Watch the documentary a couple posts above this one, folks. Construction worker. And very interesting to see how Scott works. The man in the photo certainly didn't seem the least bit offended.
What would have made it so bad if it were a homeless person, anyway?
January 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm
Get's the job done.
January 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm
it's not a homeless person – it's a bloody construction worker people!
January 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Duct tape gators!- I'm not laughing at taking care of one's self. It looks silly & necessary & awesome! I absolutely love that this image was captured and included in the fully beautiful profile video. I'm grateful to see the beauty in sensibility, in comfort, in fun, etc. through your work. Thank you.
January 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm
January 8, 2011 at 2:55 am
i just want to make a comment that he isn't homeless. He is actually pouring concrete. they do this so excess concrete does not fall in their boots. If concrete falls in his boot and doesn't realize it, his feet will burn as the concrete cures and hardens.
January 8, 2011 at 8:07 am
DIY moon boots! genius.
January 8, 2011 at 10:42 am
Looking very raw and artistic!
January 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm
First of all I really like this photo! This is a very clever person and in the same way he creates something very innovative.
And then I totally disagree with the most off the previous comments where you say that this isn't fashion and this is just a homeless man. We can't see which kind of person this is, but actually it have nothing to say about that this is a fabulous picture off something we don't see everyday. And maybe it is a homeless person, and so what? Just because of that, then this isn't fashion!? Fashion is what we make it. Fashion changes all the time, and today fashion is mostly about having your own style and a sense for what goes together and what doesn't. Just because the man isn't wearing Prada and Gucci, it doesn't mean that it's isn't fashion. No matter what you say you can't contradict that this is innovative and inspiring!
January 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm
He's not homeless.He looks awesome.This blog needs more posts like this. People who are actually interesting. not like rich women who like spending every penny on designer clothing. (thats not inspirational, thats sad)
January 10, 2011 at 8:36 am
LOL I'm laughing as I read these comments. People, this is a CONSTRUCTION worker. I like this because it represents what style is and that it goes beyond imagination, a label, and how the media portrays it.
January 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm
this opens up lots of possiblities. now we can rethink the meaning behind duct tape, and what it means when function x fashion. Thank you for this awesome observation!
January 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm
hello every body my GF showed me this cos it looks like my feet. Im not homeless i just work very hard and we do this to stop shit gettin in our shoes, if im fulfilling your niche fashon stuff then im glad cos the boys would love to have you lot mincing around being arty in your day to day work clothes sure you'd fit right in on site.thanks Tom
good work scott keep it up my misses rates your things!!!
January 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm
I think he looks great in the full length view of him in the film about you. You should get some construction worker photos in Seoul. I haven't been there but of what I saw of construction workers in other asian countries, their style of dressing is cool and interesting too.
January 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm
So many quick conclusions! If you watch the documentary you'll see he's a construction worker. If you aren't so shallow as to make quick assumptions and instead do some research or even (gasp!) get to know a construction worker, you'd learn this is a trick used to prevent concrete from spilling over the top of your boots while standing shin deep during a pour.
January 11, 2011 at 6:56 am
Can be seen as if taken from Mars, as in the planet, too…
January 11, 2011 at 9:00 am
I am amazed it took 257 comments before Marc Anderson pointed out what seemed amazingly obvious to me. So many silly comments getting caught up in ethical arguments based on presumtions. 'I will comment for the poor homeless person' bullshit. Why is it in a fashion/style blog…? Well it's an interesting shot first of all and I think that photography on this site might even come before fashion in sense. As he said in the film, Scott is trying to take a snapshot of life on the streets. If someone looked though this blog in 50 years they might be tempted to think that everyone in NYC dressed impeccably when the reality is that plenty of people wear dirty old boots (and aren't homeless). It's a good shot and because of this site having a lot of readers it's caused debate and maybe less ignorance and that promotes to the status of great shot cos it will make some people think. The comments for me are maybe more interesting than the show, partly because of the ignorance and class structure that people are still clinging to and partly because there was so many comments asking why was this shot even included!! How can anyone tell this man what should and shouldn't be on his own blog?
January 11, 2011 at 10:24 am
Functional. That's what clothes are for.
January 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm
January 12, 2011 at 8:57 am
I like it, beautiful scene.
January 14, 2011 at 1:30 am
Very steam punk
January 14, 2011 at 7:34 am
best regards from Portugal
January 15, 2011 at 4:38 am
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January 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Making workwear work!
it's true, duct tape does fix everything.
Love the play of textures in the entire photo from the cement to the boots and the duct tape to the dirt "wash" on the denim.
What a great eye Scott!
January 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Its the buckles in this pic that speak!
January 16, 2011 at 11:25 am
January 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm
though i don't really understand why people find this fashionable or whatever (seeing as it's purely functional), i loved how you captured the light in this shot. on the (my) left leg, i find it cool how the different textures reflect the light in different ways!
January 17, 2011 at 9:46 am
I saw the movie about man behind camera – good jobI noticed that workers like man in this cosmic boots don't like to be captured as they affraid about some safety issuesOh, and – is there a form that pictured people are signing for publication?
the nickel fit
January 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm
The essence and paradox of fashion to its core..
Where aesthetic is merely a by-product of utility, never the other way around.
January 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Construction worker. Not homeless.
January 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Why not show this person, instead of just their boots. I want to see their face.
January 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm
…like the guy underneath, who gets to be a whole person.
January 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Yes, I recognized the image immediately. The pants are stained with concrete and the duct tape is to keep the concrete out of the boots and off the skin. The chemicals in concrete can cause third degree burns. Is it fashion? It is the daily fashion of construction workers as much as a designer suit is the fashion of a Wall Street banker.
January 31, 2011 at 4:26 am
Someone just sent me the link to The Sartorialist on YouTube. I was watching and at 3:50 the moment that this shot was taken came up. It triggered a memory for me of the comments here saying it was a homeless person. It isn't. Scott also articulates why he took the shot. Search You Tube for Intel Visual Life – The Sartorialist
Cheers from New Zealand
February 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm
I love the pic. It shows how workers use their noggins to keep their feet dry & warm.Thanks for sharing!
February 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Check out the video below at around 3:56. U'll see that he is a construction worker. Check out the whole vid actually. It's great!!
March 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Hehe – a really quirky photo – love your blog!
April 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm
January 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm
i bet he’s a bike messenger. diggin the tape and the salt’s effect on the pants
December 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm
nice – need this for this winter also