282 comments

  1. SAMANTHA

    December 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Wow, heavy duty. Love the use of duct tape?

  2. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    so strange!

  3. Rafael Franco

    December 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hi

    Very interesting. i like the colour of the jeans and the shoes are great.

    kisses from Brazil*

    http://neopopculture.blogspot.com/

  4. *Tasiaa

    December 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

    hmmm!!!!

    Very special! :-)

    Salut!
    *Tasiaa

  5. Lavish-Livez.com

    December 27, 2010 at 8:57 am

    CLEVER!!!! I can't believe you are on the streets with all that snow!! CRAZY!!

    Hey SCOTT!! I would love it if you can stop by my website!

    thanks !
    http://lavish-livez.com/blog

  6. alefashion

    December 27, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Interesting!!!

    xx Ale

  7. de chan

    December 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Excellent ingenuity! Form & function…

  8. Blond Panther & Louboutin...

    December 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

  9. Izzen

    December 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Whoa, silver duct tape = awesome, apparently.

    http://izzenxoxo.blogspot.com/

  10. livagostino

    December 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

    That is so cool!

  11. comme fraiche

    December 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    little bit of a contrast in shoewear in your last two posts

  12. T.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Haha!

  13. amanda archambault

    December 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    He obviously doesn't want anything touching his ankles! Serious stuff there lol

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  14. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Why did you put this photography?

  15. sanmiguelense

    December 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Excellent solution!

  16. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This isnt fashion, or cool.. its a photo of a homeless person.. reality check please.

  17. CabinetParts.com

    December 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Okay not quite sure…..?

    Another great use of duct tape.

  18. Jennifer - Stylish Clin d'Oeil

    December 27, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Very grunge and futurist!
    But it's weird…

  19. Emom

    December 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

    With Duct tape and WD40 you can rule the world….smiles.

  20. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

    i don't get it

  21. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

    i don`t get, man, that`s a homeless person

  22. Anonymous

    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!

  23. Mary Beth at ✄ Yarn U ✄ iPhone app

    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.

  24. Adorable

    December 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Wauw, that person really dares to wear anything.

    A.

  25. Anonymous

    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.

  26. Elle

    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.

  27. Anonymous

    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

  28. Nikki

    December 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    He's homeless, it's about function.
    Guiltfreestyle.blogspot.com

  29. Anonymous

    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 ….

  30. bijuterii

    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!

  31. Akiko

    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..

  32. jimjims

    December 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    space boots!

    http://jimjims.net/

  33. Alejandra E

    December 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Some say it's interesting… I just don't like it at all!!

  34. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    it's too cut through the snow people…without getting your ankles wet

  35. Istanbulboy

    December 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Just what the doctor ordered – reading the NYC weather today…

    Istanbulboy

  36. Lasana

    December 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Inventive as well as creative.

  37. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I got it! It's the new trend replacing ridiculously short trousers on men.

  38. Frozen Fashion

    December 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    NOw what is this person's story? You certainly peeked my curiousity with this picture!

    Ciao

  39. miss kelly

    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.

    Happy Holidays

  40. Anonymous

    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!

  41. Melissa

    December 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Functionality before aesthetics.
    I bet HIS feet stayed dry. :)

  42. GlamorousGirl

    December 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

  43. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Scott has gone mad! this is sooooo bad… almost offensive…
    AA

  44. Joseph Leven aka Grimm Brightstave

    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.

  45. Karoshi

    December 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Chilean Miner with snowboarding boots? Combination looks very hobo/need a job but it works. Really would like to know this story.

  46. Aimee

    December 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

    A neat departure from the usual lol

  47. Aimee

    December 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

    A neat departure from the usual lol

  48. Anonymous

    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?

  49. Yevgeniya Yelkina

    December 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

    hahahaha i loveeee the boundaries of fashion

    http://hypnoticfascination.blogspot.com/

  50. AP23

    December 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I really wonder what purpose this has… O.o

    apartmenttwentythree

  51. cyn

    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.

  52. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I love the textures. This is someone who's planning to be outside for a while.

  53. Kacrates

    December 27, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Haha. So many things could be said. Lets leave it to our imagination.

  54. Anonymous

    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.

  55. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 11:26 am

    So?

  56. Patrick Lui

    December 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    Happy holidays Scott!

  57. Anonymous

    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.

  58. Laura Harris

    December 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    is that… duct tape?

  59. Sophie

    December 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

    The picture is awesome. Reality is not.

  60. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

    excellent post. brings us back to the practicality – and reality of fashion.

  61. FH

    December 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Yes strange !!

  62. Kristel Louisa

    December 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    So unusual. It's uniquely amazing! It's just creative. It looks like high boots. Sort of.

    xx
    Kristel

  63. Forty+

    December 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Clever way to deal with heavy snow.

  64. Anonymous

    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.

  65. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Yeah, this must be New York.

  66. Bronwyn

    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…

    windeater.blogspot.com

  67. The Sartorialist

    December 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    this person is not homeless.He is a construction worker.

  68. Martin Blink

    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.

  69. LatteLisa

    December 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    that's one inventive construction worker ;-)

  70. Davidabl

    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 the
    end of the day. If I actually lived in
    NYC I'd probably not need to ask the
    question. Anyway, the photo really works as a photograph. And that's no
    surprise coming from the Sartorialist!
    http://www.see360studios.com

  71. PrettyandPlus

    December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Homeless person or construction worker…whatever works to keep the snow out!!!

  72. my.amalgam

    December 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    wow,

    great shot scott!

    only you could make a construction worker look fashionable.

    watch this be the newest trend on the streets

    http://www.myamalgam.blogspot.com

  73. bloggerofwrath

    December 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    He either has duct tape on to keep is boots up or his pants down.

  74. V.V.

    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"!

    v.v.
    http://fashiondoseblog.blogspot.com/

  75. Em

    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!

  76. Anonymous

    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

  77. Anonymous

    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.

  78. Jessie Rubin

    December 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

  79. "Guppy" Honaker

    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.

    - David

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  80. charlotte

    December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I love your blog..!

  81. Gabriel Ugoala

    December 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    very interesting though I don't get it…

  82. anthony

    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.

  83. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    one look at the picture: wow.

  84. Anonymous

    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.

  85. Gorete Sousa

    December 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  86. Alan D West

    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.

  87. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I love it – makes you think around corners.

  88. I FEEL PITHY

    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!

  89. I FEEL PITHY

    December 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh, and I also meant to say:

    Perfect photograph, Scott!

    It's gorgeous.

    It's like a 3-tiered cake celebrating the occasion of Blizzard Day!

  90. The Visual Jerbil

    December 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    this photo is so crisp and perfect and reminds me of my brother.

  91. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Don't tell me…a statement on what not to do..

  92. Privategirls

    December 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    cool bots)

  93. December 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Haha, very interesting.

    http://www.hsquaredfashion.blogspot.com

  94. Gene

    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.

  95. IS THIS IT? models review

    December 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Whaaat?! Man at work I hope…. in that case: great idea! :)

    http://www.isthisitmodelsreview.com/

  96. Pretty Kitty Publishing

    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! :)

    gdtwriter[at]gmail[dot]com

  97. Fashion Monstre

    December 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    rough and tough!

  98. Anonymous

    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….

  99. Salata

    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.

  100. Thupamodel

    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…

  101. Anonymous

    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 not
    touch their skin or feet. It's also keeps their feet dry.

    Obviously no one here is in touch with the construction industry.

  102. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    TOO weird!

  103. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    recycling smart ! or being clever and interesting while poor ! (i know all about the latter) : )

    nice shot!

  104. pefblog

    December 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Necessity is the mother of what???

  105. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    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!

  106. Aissata

    December 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

  107. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    laugh out loud
    with thumbs up!

    yann

  108. Mileide Almeida

    December 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    very unique and full of personality!

  109. ignis

    December 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

  110. ricola

    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.

  111. Daniel

    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.

  112. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    zoolander derelict

  113. Sabina

    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.

    http://mystylecanvas.blogspot.com

  114. Stephanie

    December 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Those are very interested boots.

  115. J

    December 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Great texture.

  116. Anonymous

    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.

  117. A

    December 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Whoa, space-age.

  118. me and alice

    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

  119. fairytale

    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.

  120. Maryanne

    December 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    the " Tin Man " in Manhattan..
    December 2010 blizzard.

  121. J Kim

    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.

  122. Anonymous

    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.

  123. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    what a smart savvy way to stay dry on the job!

  124. Mike

    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…

  125. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    A symphony of form and function!

  126. Anonymous

    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.

  127. Anonymous

    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.

  128. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Clearly, the homeless exist for our amusement. I hope you at least gave him a few bucks.

  129. Renaissance Woman

    December 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

  130. amw

    December 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    reminds me of a firefighter for whatever reason.

  131. Chris F

    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.

  132. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Let me show you… Derelicte!

  133. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    this is weird.. uncomfy tape for style..?

  134. Emily

    December 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    A fireman suit?

  135. Julie Haagen

    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.

  136. Anonymous

    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.

  137. Anonymous

    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.

  138. Alinne's Style

    December 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Dirty style! it's strange but interesting and particular!
    Kisses, Alinne.

    http://www.alinnestyle.com

    -

  139. Anonymous

    December 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Derelique!

  140. Victor Espinoza

    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.. :)

    http://www.elitistview.com/

  141. thwany

    December 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    <3 nyc

  142. Anonymous

    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.

  143. Anonymous

    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!

  144. Ruth

    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.

  145. Amor

    December 28, 2010 at 1:50 am

    As we Canadians know, duct tape fixes everything. Duct Tape Forever!

  146. Anonymous

    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…

  147. Laura

    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.

  148. Anonymous

    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…

    magdalene

  149. Anonymous

    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!

  150. Giuppy d'Aura

    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!

  151. Diamondvirgin.com

    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.

    http://www.diamondvirgin.com

  152. MELISSA Z.

    December 28, 2010 at 6:20 am

    cool and stunning! wow! love this pic!

    http://www.abitoffashion.com

  153. mikuniki

    December 28, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Hi
    Great photo, mysterious and inspiring
    Many thanks
    Maria

  154. theparisdreamer

    December 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Gotta love human creativity and ingenuity ;)

    http://theparisdreamer.wordpress.com/

  155. Key

    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.

  156. Alice

    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.

  157. Anonymous

    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.

  158. Bonnie&Nicole

    December 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    intersting and intriguing.

    htpp://love-over-hate.blogspot.com

  159. Giuseppe

    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!!

  160. Eryl

    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.

  161. MSlattery

    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."

  162. Sandeep

    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. :)

    http://thegrandeurs.blogspot.com/

  163. Nyrha

    December 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    interesting, I kinda like it!

    xx
    http://maddenim.blogspot.com/

  164. carl auböck architekt

    December 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    the truest picture since weeks-
    time meets fashion meets politics meets everything.. gaffa is king.

  165. Red Red

    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.

  166. 82Brute

    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?

  167. 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!

  168. Anonymous

    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?

  169. Anonymous

    December 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    derelict!

  170. Michael Kale

    December 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Shades of "Home Alone". Talkin' 'bout The South Bend Shovel Slayer, son!

  171. Vivek

    December 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    'Ghostbusters meet Metal'….nice and intresting

  172. Anonymous

    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.

  173. Davidabl

    December 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    90 years ago puttees or taller boots were used for the purpose that duct
    tape is being used here. The march of
    progress isn't always in the forward direction..

    Here on the west coast cement work is
    rarely done in vile weather so I haven't seen this particular use of duct tape

  174. The Style Curator

    December 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

  175. Anonymous

    December 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    A sartorial "There! I fixed it!" moment. :)

    -Sarita

  176. Fatima.Elkadi

    December 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    This I didnt understand??? Can someone please?

    http://fatimaelkadi.blogspot.com/

  177. J.Ro

    December 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    In a snow storm, the East Village embodies the fashion tastes of Wasilla.

    http://www.jrocomedy.blogspot.com

  178. Jill R

    December 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    A treeplanter. That's what they do out in the bush to protect against bugs.

  179. Chevere

    December 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    What the heck?? What is the purpose of this picture??

  180. Anonymous

    December 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    am I missing something?…otherwise this is ridiculous

  181. Anonymous

    December 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    WAY more interesting than any chanel or prada clad woman.

  182. Cris

    December 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    thats pretty fantastic! And great shot!

    -Cris
    http://www.bisouonline.com

  183. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

    dislike.

  184. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

    GREAT SCOTT MARTY!

  185. Laurie

    December 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for "getting" NYC, Scott.
    Well done.

  186. Lisa Petrarca

    December 29, 2010 at 4:17 am

    The saying that instantly comes to mind, "A picture is worth a thousand words!"

    BAD WEATHER!

    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!

    http://lisapetrarca.blogspot.com/2010/12/found-best-name-brand-deal.html

  187. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 4:29 am

    this is so awfull!!!!

  188. AViewfromtheShade

    December 29, 2010 at 5:03 am

    woah! what the heck! what a great idea! haha

  189. Larissa

    December 29, 2010 at 7:29 am

    amazing! it works somehow!
    x
    thatgirlfromhk.blogspot.com

  190. *sunday*

    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..

    stateofsunday.blogspot.com

  191. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 8:29 am

    functional and horrible, definetly a new trend…

  192. Jenn Kelly

    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.

  193. binkaminka

    December 29, 2010 at 9:21 am

    great photo.. we could use this technique too.. snow over the knees

  194. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Looks like his shoes laces broke so he used tape. Brilliant idea!! Love your blog!

  195. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Love the street shots…

    http://www.themodernamericans.com

  196. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

    i love how you captured the light on this photo, sublime!

  197. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I see the function but it's those nasty stains…plumber and grease trap come to mind.

  198. Mandi

    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?

  199. Mandi

    December 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    On second thought, I GET IT: Duct Boots… as opposed to Duck Boots. Man are we clever!

  200. Anonymous

    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.

  201. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Are you laughing at us? I am laughing.

  202. Anonymous

    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.

  203. 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.

  204. Mabel and Zora

    December 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Looking snow-ready.

  205. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    What the….??????

  206. The Baker

    December 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Interesting and creative-but not especially aesthetically pleasing.
    getyourowncake.blospot.com

  207. indigo warrior

    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.

  208. Sheila

    December 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Cool! :D

  209. Anonymous

    December 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Since when did this blog become the Hobo-ist? ;)

  210. Cuca.

    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!

  211. Hannah

    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!

  212. Meg

    December 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    MacGuiver Lives!

  213. UESman

    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…

  214. Anonymous

    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!

  215. pdxlibrarian

    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?

  216. Anonymous

    December 30, 2010 at 3:51 am

    This pic is degrading and first of all in a very bad taste!

  217. Buy WoW Priest

    December 30, 2010 at 4:33 am

    wow!O.O

  218. Anonymous

    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

  219. Anonymous

    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!

  220. Mary

    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.

  221. Antonia

    December 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

    You've got to be joking surely.

  222. The Girl Next Door

    December 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Fish Monger no doubt?

  223. Closet Confections

    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.

  224. Le Petit Monique

    December 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Love that picture!:)

  225. Anonymous

    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.

    Debbie

  226. paul a'barge

    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.

  227. Anonymous

    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!!

  228. The Hype Around...

    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.

  229. Anonymous

    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.

  230. Anonymous

    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.

  231. Mimi

    December 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    oh the many uses of duct tape

  232. Ms.Fashionista

    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.

    http://www.alifeinthefashionlane.blogspot.com

    xxx

  233. Sophie Mhabille

    January 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    i will say it it french, "très stylé"!

  234. Anonymous

    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.

  235. ingrid

    January 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Space man ,I always wanted u to know .

  236. Lídia

    January 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Kind of strange , but original !
    kisses from Brazil

    http://villacatavento.blogspot.com

  237. Ambleman

    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.

  238. ingrid

    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 !

  239. pinky

    January 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    necessity is the mother of invention (creativity)
    EXCELLENT—functional style.

  240. Concerned.

    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.

  241. Anonymous

    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.

  242. Empório Creative

    January 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    always recycle.

    by Brazil

  243. Zach

    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?

  244. Anonymous

    January 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Get's the job done.

  245. Anonymous

    January 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    it's not a homeless person – it's a bloody construction worker people!

  246. Lisa

    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.

  247. Lisa

    January 7, 2011 at 5:31 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.

  248. Anonymous

    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.

  249. brunella

    January 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

    DIY moon boots! genius.

    http://www.bruprints.tumblr.com

  250. The Artmachine

    January 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Looking very raw and artistic!

  251. Victoria

    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!

  252. Anonymous

    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)

  253. Anonymous

    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.

  254. Anonymous

    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!

  255. Anonymous

    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!!!

  256. Swan

    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.

  257. Marc Anderson

    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.

  258. Vesper Lynd

    January 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Very steely…

    Can be seen as if taken from Mars, as in the planet, too…

    Great

    thewallbehind.blogspot.com

  259. Oscar

    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?

  260. Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Functional. That's what clothes are for.

  261. Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    FireMan?

  262. Roberto

    January 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I like it, beautiful scene.

    http://www.design-with-love.blogspot.com

  263. MyRobotHand

    January 14, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Very steam punk

  264. vazdesign

    January 14, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Fantástic
    Suberb

    best regards from Portugal

    http://www.trinta1.blogspot.com

  265. fire fighter

    January 15, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Emergency medical technician (EMT) software is designed to train EMT professionals. These professionals are trained to take care of emergency medical situations arising due to accidents, fires or any other incident at home or workplace causing injuries. These professionals are not exact paramedic even though their work is somehow similar to that of a paramedic Normally ambulances are staffed by at least one staff
    with EMT 4 training accompanied by EMT 2 or EMT 3 training. The ambulance driver is also trained in basic EMT skills.
    Fire Fighter

  266. Myko

    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!

    http://standarddeviationclothing.blogspot.com/

  267. Hilary

    January 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Its the buckles in this pic that speak!

  268. Ivan

    January 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    ohohoh

  269. chuck n.

    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!

    great image!

  270. brulionman

    January 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I saw the movie about man behind camera – good job
    I noticed that workers like man in this cosmic boots don't like to be captured as they affraid about some safety issues
    Oh, and – is there a form that pictured people are signing for publication?

  271. 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.

  272. Emily

    January 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Construction worker. Not homeless.

  273. Anonymous

    January 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Why not show this person, instead of just their boots. I want to see their face.

  274. Anonymous

    January 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    …like the guy underneath, who gets to be a whole person.

  275. Anonymous

    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.

  276. ZP

    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

    z1.co.nz

  277. Anonymous

    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!

  278. chros

    February 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Guys,

    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!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5NgG5koPZU

  279. manchester escorts

    March 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Hehe – a really quirky photo – love your blog!

  280. Mertxe Hernàndez

    April 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  281. Audrey

    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

  282. art blog

    December 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    nice – need this for this winter also

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