I can remember reading an article in the ’80s that reviled middle-aged European tourists (particularly Germans, as I recall) for walking around Manhattan in the summer months in short-sleeved sports shirts, shorts (and thus exposing their hideous alabaster legs), brown socks and sandals. In my book it’s just as bad to wear black socks and sandals. It may be that the style offender in this shot is wearing black lace-up sneakers, but so what? White legs, black socks…forget it.
And I’m amazed, truly amazed that a guy could go out in public like this. But lots of guys in their mid 40s and younger do go out like this. I’ve seen them in Central Park and downtown and all around, and there’s no stopping it.