Sunday, July 8, 2007

At Pitti…..The Tennis Suit

I love the implied sportiness of a suit worn with tennis shoes.


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  1. Tegnér

    July 8, 2007 at 11:25 am

    really nice, love the pants and shoes

  2. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Great Look!

    Please tell me who makes the tennis shoes and where can I get them. Getting a bit tired of the Jack Purcell model that is too widely available.

  3. Jack Daniel

    July 8, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Lately I see a trend on the streets: wearing sneakers with a suit. I quite like it.

  4. daniqueconijn

    July 8, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    oh the “hipheid” splashes of the photo!
    i sooo love it…
    (hipheid=really in fashion and cool or something, it’s dutch)

  5. Butch

    July 8, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Yup, very nice. Shorter pans with bigger shoes…

  6. The Galleryst

    July 8, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Great shot. I love the blue shirt on blue suit on blue sneakers. I’m wondering whether the watch is yellow or gold. If yellow then it’s a great sporty addition and complements the shoes wonderfully. It’s also very appropriate for the week of Wimbledon, and a throw back style which is a bit in contrast to the Rolex sponsored tournament being played further north on the continent.
    The shoes work so well with the suit in the photo too, I would argue, because of his pose. There is the bare skin showing to break up the blues, and to make the man and his clothes look more sporty.
    Well played.

  7. Candid Cool

    July 8, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Well done sir!

  8. Marygrace

    July 8, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Excuse my ignorance, Sart, but I have an earnest question. Is there any way for men’s pants to be tailored so that they don’t expose that much leg when the wearer is sitting? Or would that just make the pants way too long when the wearer is standing? Thanks.

  9. M-

    July 8, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    in the age of extreme casual, i wish this were the standard for all men to follow.
    this man looks perfect! love the sneakers!!!!
    good spot sart.

  10. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    speaking of tennis suits…how about that Roger Federer in the white blazer today at Wimbledon! And Bjorn Borg looked amazing :-)

  11. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    In looking through some old Apparel Arts magazines this past Saturday at the New York Public Library, I came across the Duke of Windsor wearing a navy double breasted blazer (4 buttons), seersucker pants, tie and solid blue “dress” sneakers with white laces. He really knew how to do it. This picture reminds me of that.

    Long Live the Duke

  12. simply olive

    July 8, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    i’m not so fond of the “tennis shoes”, but this is an alternative to the usual leather footwear most men prefer…

  13. vintagent

    July 8, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Nice sneaks; I don’t recognize the make (Paul and Joe?), but they have style, and look like casual shoes rather than athletic wear. A critical difference when wearing a suit.

    I have a Prada suit which, strangely, only seems to like sneakers.. in my case Lanvin items, called ‘the victors of the tennis shoe wars’ by my favorite retailer, Ben at MAC.

  14. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Very nice! I’d also like to know – what kind of shoes?

  15. Anonymous

    July 8, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Hey, isn’t that Ankle Bracelet Man?

    Maybe not, but you’ve shot him before, Scott, I’m sure of it.

  16. Vanessa

    July 9, 2007 at 12:03 am

    He looks well kept, yet approachable. Keep it coming…

  17. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 3:19 am

    guess im the sole dissenter, i dislike sneakers with suits in almost all cases… and I LOVE tennis clothes, i wear them every casual/weekend day.. but i love suits too and a leather shoe is all i will ever wear with a suit- sockless is fine, [ive been doing sockless with dress clothes since 8th grade prep school & still do -] but Never sneakers with a suit for me – the duke & federer could pull it off, obvs ….

  18. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 4:29 am

    An interesting look.

    If I am not mistaken, the shoes are the “Rene Lacoste” model by Lacoste. They are made of canvas and also come in other colour combinations, though to me the navy and white one is the most elegant. I own the same pair, but have actually been playing tennis in them.

  19. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 7:40 am

    i normally dont go for the suit shoes, no socks thing, but i really like this look. he looks so at ease and still so sophisticated.

  20. niklas

    July 9, 2007 at 7:45 am

    The shoes are from Lacoste and they are called Rene Lacoste. Check out the green-ish color on

  21. william d. anderson

    July 9, 2007 at 8:09 am

    yeah, this guy pulls off what i’m afraid to try. its cool. kudos to the man in blue.

  22. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I don´t like at all when men wear shoes or tennisshoes without socks.The odor must surely be quite awful. The man looks okay,I like the grey his hair has.

  23. iopine

    July 9, 2007 at 9:20 am

    The narrow trousers,open shirt, and super-low-cut socks help encourage the casual look, too.

  24. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 9:35 am

    The umpires and officials at Wimbledon do a much better take on suits and tennis shoes. Their clothes actually fit.

  25. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Anonymous @ 9:02am
    If you look closely, you can see he’s wearing ankle socks.

    I, too, cringe when I see a sockless foot in shoes, especially leather shoes. The sweat! The blisters! The smell! Even in really well made shoes, this must happen. Anyway, I’m glad to see a man embrace the ankle sock. They can be pushed down a bit so that they don’t show, if that’s a problem. Maybe that’s what all these sockless guys have been doing all along and my sympathy for their poor sweaty feet is unfounded.

    Also: he’s quite hot.


  26. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Actually I think the shirt cuffs throw off the casual look a little too much…

  27. Jesse

    July 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    As someone else has said in above posts, the shoes are indeed René Lacoste by Lacoste.

    They are basically reproduced 1963 vintage Lacoste tennis shoes. I’ll just say that they’re very light, good looking and comfortable.

  28. londondog

    July 9, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I personally love the suit/tennis shoes/plimsolls/Converse combo. Providing the suit’s sharp but slightly casual (seersucker/lightweight wool/linen-wool mix etc), the man has a clear sense of style and the trainers are good (anything even resembling running trainers is a no-no for me) it is a great summer look. This man is working this look to perfection so the result is fabulous.

    P.S. I even forgive him the colarless shirt, one of my pet hates along with tasseled loafer ;-)

  29. Anonymous

    July 9, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Dr. Who! I’ve been seeing the suit and sneakers look since the David Tennant Dr. Who character has been around.

    I’m sure it’s unrelated, but I am choosing to believe this look is inspired by the new TV show.

    He looks like a million bucks, no matter where the look comes from.

  30. cordelia

    July 10, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    These feet are quintessentially sartorial. Elegant with the whole look, the costume, all.

  31. Anonymous

    July 11, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Nailed it!!!

  32. niklas

    July 11, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    The shoes are from Lacoste and the model is called Rene Lacoste.

  33. nycinside

    July 13, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I like this look and think this guy has it down. You have to be careful you don’t end up looking like Ellen D.

  34. Anonymous

    July 18, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Its Michael Grubb, Sales Director of the increasingly groovy Aquascutum.

  35. Anonymous

    July 20, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve known this man for 26 years, and he’s definitely a time continuum ahead of Dr. Who. Dr. Who was re-vamped on current British musicians.

  36. Anonymous

    January 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    this man looks so good in so many ways. it gives him a carefree yet elegant appearance which is so attractive in older men.

  37. Albertine, NYC

    December 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Now those tennis shoes I would gladly wear

  38. Hugh Mad

    December 6, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Has this gentleman’s cat died or has he borrowed his 9-year-old nephew’s suit trousers to go and watch some tennis?

    Why are his trousers so short?!?

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