Saturday, August 5, 2006

On the Street Shoe Repair, Chinatown


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  1. blackbird

    August 5, 2006 at 10:38 am

    lovely shots.

    I appreciate the fact that you see things that most people walk past.

  2. ClaireMarie

    August 5, 2006 at 11:58 am

    great black/whites. it is all in the details.

  3. Anonymous

    August 5, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    there is a quality in these that remind me of Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s work. Really great textures. and the hands are amazing.

  4. Anonymous

    August 5, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    Gerat shots, but unfortunately, your pictures keep getting smaller and smaller.
    Maybe it’s a problem of your blog-provider, but I just wonder how other people like facehunter are able to provider bigger images while they are on the same server?

    Anyways, keep up the good work.

  5. georgemma

    August 5, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    Wonderful eye, Sart. As a woman who wears a 10AA and loves her shoes, I try to make mine last (I guess that’s a pun) as long as possible. I have always been on a first-name basis with the cobblers in the cities where I have lived. I am old enough (53) that I notice worn-down heels and wonder why other people think that doesn’t matter. Did anyone notice a recent photograph of Senator Elizabeth Dole in the NYT? Her shoes were a mess! I will refrain from any political commentary. I trust that you are enjoying your vacation.

  6. iopine

    August 5, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Your eye is at it again, fanTAStic. I love the 4-c black and white effect . . . so rich.

  7. missy-j

    August 5, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Traditional cobblers are sadly a dying trade even in Asia.

  8. Anonymous

    August 5, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    A cobbler related issue.

    Recently had a pair of Tod’s driving mocs purchased for me as a gift – soft sole, black nubs. Lasted about two weeks before the bottoms were destroyed, anyone attempt to reconstrcut these?

    My cobbler rebuilt the entire foundation from the inside out and the sole is now a solid piece of vibram. Incredibly sturdy and more comfortable than before, unfortunatly not as sleek or attractive – leaning more on the orthodic side.

    Any thoughts?

  9. Irihapeta

    August 6, 2006 at 4:28 am

    They are so different from your usual shots, but I really like them – especially the middle shot highlighting the hands.

    Glad the holiday still allows for some creativity.

    (By the way, the photos seem an OK size to me.)

  10. Heywood

    August 6, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    most of us refuse to work this hard, perhaps we should rethink our daily plight

  11. jenny

    August 13, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    Another voice praising the strong, unpretentious, eloquent hands. They’re worth 10,000 words.

  12. Anonymous

    April 15, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    I walk by this guy all the time. These photos made me teary…

  13. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Look at his hands! They have carved many human steps!

  14. Frances

    June 18, 2009 at 1:53 am

    definitely my shoe repair man. …. I absolutely love your photos and the website as a whole. Inspiring.

  15. Un-even Day

    March 27, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Amazing eye, and amazing New York, as always.

  16. Anonymous

    November 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I use to love to go into these shops when I was young. My dad loved good hats and shoes. These are unsung craftsmen and artisans. You won't find this in an area with payless shoe stores. Lol.

  17. Alexander Wang

    June 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Look at this old photos, i will think more, that old shoe repairman have a hard life!

  18. Anonymous

    July 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

    The Hands! The hands This picture speaks volumes Wonderful! Thank-you!

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