Friday, August 18, 2006

On The Street… Old Man Sneakers, Farmers Market

I look and I cannot find them – Old Man Sneakers!
This gentleman has been on my blog before – he has a great natural style.
I guess he has earned the right to go to Union Square Park each day and enjoy the parade of life.


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  1. Rob

    August 18, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    I think you can find those in K-Mart or Woolworths or similar discount stores. The same place you find the black or blue crepe-soled slip-on “winos.”

  2. Maria

    August 18, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    So beautiful. The old man with sneakers might be the perfect allegory for the difference between older and younger people’s take on life. As a young person all things matter. In shoe terms,one has to have many shoes… specially (for women) the uncomfortable type.
    You grow older and you know that life is about feeling happy in spite the shoes you have. Very simple yet so determines what reality might be for all.

  3. The Right Reverend Rabbi Judah

    August 18, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    You can find those sneakers in a place like K-Mart or Target in the slipper/sandal/footwear aisle. Buy a few pairs at a time, because they don’t last nearly as long as your guy on the bench has.

  4. pitbullrn

    August 18, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    Old man sneakers can be found, occasionally, at most Wal-Marts.

  5. Anonymous

    August 18, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    love the old man shoes with dressy pants, I do it all the time.
    Old Navy sells them for dirt cheap $8, on clearance in my area. They can also be found at Walmarts nationwide.

  6. xie

    August 18, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Those “old man sneakers” are just Vans… an acceptable subsitute would be gumsole kung-foo shoes that you can buy at Rite Aid or Sav-on (I don’t know which you have on the East Coast)

  7. Anonymous

    August 18, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    To buy? Try Wal-Mart.

  8. Anonymous

    August 18, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    They look like Vans slip ons, which isn’t surprising, they’re very comfortable and they relatively cheap.

  9. Daniela

    August 18, 2006 at 10:11 pm


  10. Jessica

    August 18, 2006 at 10:55 pm

    they have some shoes like this at PacSun, but they tried to make them look cool…

  11. Anonymous

    August 19, 2006 at 12:15 am

    These style of shoes are pretty common among the older Asian community. In China the entire older generation wears a style similar to this because it was the cheapest/only thing available to the masses for many decades. The top would be a cotton fabric and the sole is made of many layers of a straw/cloth material instead of canvas/rubber.

    Funny thing. I travelled China earlier this summer in my vans slip-ons and got tons of comments on how I was wearing “old man shoes.”

  12. Miss Christine

    August 19, 2006 at 12:46 am

    Gap, actually. They (at least, used to) carry a ton of them in different colours.

  13. LEeds YORkshire

    August 19, 2006 at 6:58 am

    effortlessly cool. he represents the type of person that just does it with out any thought or premeditation. hence the “unaffected” look of cool and nonchalance. this is what i aspire to be when i become a certain age.

  14. ec10009

    August 19, 2006 at 7:12 am

    Scott, I agree with Rob for the “old man” sneaker source. I have a K-mart variety in navy and there are several things I love about them that differ from the more expensive Vans, Converse etc.
    1. no labels
    2. no lining or heavy construction (perfect for the hot summer!)
    3. cheap! $8.00?
    4. and most important for me, they do not make my feet look huge. Being a smaller guy, this really helps.

  15. Anonymous

    August 19, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    I bought a pair in black at Kmart on Astor Place about 2 months ago for $8. They are so comfortable.

  16. Hanna

    August 20, 2006 at 6:43 am

    are those old man’s sneakers? haha, half of the teenagers in Sweden wear Vans (a.k.a. old man’s sneakers) :) but I actually thought about that just a few days ago, that Vans do look good even when you’re dressing up a bit (if you’re a guy)..

  17. Anonymous

    August 21, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    what a wonderful surprise! last tuesday, this man came and sat on the bench next to me in the park. i was reading, but i noticed that he just sat quietly. if it weren’t for his shoes, i wouldn’t have recognized him here.
    i’m so glad that you noticed him, too.

  18. the oh

    August 24, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    chinatown! on mott!

  19. Anonymous

    August 26, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    the difference between “old-man shoes” and Vans slip-ons is the sole. All classic style vans have a really thick sole, the old-man style is usually alot thinner and just looks so much better. And by the way he is an oldman gem.

  20. Anonymous

    October 11, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Shoe store on Hudson, Chambers, and West Broadway intersection is a good place to check. – K

  21. schangartner

    July 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Rite Aid. If those exist in NYC. They have $6 slip on sneakers, $12 quilted flannels, etc…

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