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The Handbook

Feet First With The Sartorialist

Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist interview

"It was something that came naturally to me," says Scott Schuman – aka The Sartorialist – when asked what made him turn his hand to street style photography, but the same could be said for designing shoes. A long-term collaborator with Sutor Mantellassi, we caught up with the photographer-turned-footwear designer to find out why he thinks with his feet first, plus his view on the future of street style…

On What Makes A Good Shoe…

"As someone who makes their day walking around cities all over the world, comfort, obviously, is the most important. Durability is also important, as well as a flexibility to work with a lot of different looks. For someone who travels with a lot of camera equipment, I need to take up as little space as possible with my wardrobe, so a versatile shoe is essential when I travel."

On The Importance Of Shoes Within A Man’s Wardrobe…

"Shoes are often my first consideration. When I'm working out what activities I'm doing that day, if it's more shooting or office work, I only build my outfit once I've decided on the shoes. So for me, shoes have always been one of the very first, if not the first consideration that I make each day when I’m getting dressed."

On The Shoes He Can’t Live Without…

"A leather sneaker, a pair of Derby shoes and some black leather boots."

  • "Street style will always capture people's imaginations."
    Scott Schuman
  • Interview with Scott Schuman The Sartorialist
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  • Interview with Scott Schuman The Sartorialist

On Style…

"For me, true style is an element of consistency, in that the person always looks like themselves, but with an element of evolution. The most stylish people I know are also very curious; they adapt things that they’ve seen into their wardrobe in an interesting way."

On What He Looks For When He’s Photographing Street Style…

"When I’m taking an image, the person is one third of an image, the clothing is one third, the light at that given moment is one third, and the emotion we can create in a photograph is another third; I know that doesn’t quite add up, but I’m a photographer not a mathematician."

On The Future Of Street Style…

"Street style will always capture people's imaginations. It's been rediscovered now because we can share images so easily around the world in a way we never could before, however, street style has been around for as long as there have been cameras and it will continue to be popular so long as people are curious about the infinite variety of humanity."