down-at-the-heels

down-at-the-heels

Having a worn out, shabby, or cheap appearance, as due to poverty or overuse. A lot of so-called hipsters try to affect a down-at-the-heels look by wearing second-hand clothing. John has been looking increasingly down-at-the-heels ever since he lost his job last year.
References in classic literature ?
Zeena came into the room with her dragging down-at-the-heel step, and quietly took her accustomed seat between them.
A down-at-the-heels advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, he originally meant it as a joke.
What was around in those days, before Times Square became a haven for tourists toting shopping bags from the M&M's store, was a down-at-the-heels neighborhood of working dancers, actors, singers and musicians.
According to this logic, the place would thus be safe for its down-at-the-heels inhabitants to continue living in large lofts without having to pay too much.
GLENWOOD - Down-at-the-heels Glenwood is ripe for a major boost, but attracting developers and finding the money for rebuilding and expanding Glenwood's streets, putting in sanitary sewer lines and taking other steps are big challenges, a new city of Springfield study on the area concludes.
Every day we read in the newspaper about the woes and future of the down-at-the-heels section of our main street known as Mid-Market.
I like a genuinely depraved, down-at-the-heels town, wait staff with vacant eyes, the whole suffused by a pervasive sense of despair.
Rated R": (5 episodes, Spring 2009) -- The creators of the hit Web series "Horrible People" and "Wainy Days" return with a nighttime soap opera parody about the new girl in town trying to make her way at a seedy, down-at-the-heels club.
Astaire's appeal to the down-at-the-heels audience of the 1930s was his effortless elegance.
On 26th Street West in Bradenton, a short block north of Cortez Road, look for a down-at-the-heels strip center anchored at its south end by a diamond in the rough.
At first Elena startles the valet service by greeting Francois there, but when she starts living with him in his down-at-the-heels apartment, she begins to realize he's a decent guy who is really in love with Emilie.
Kratchman reworked the overall character of the existing, down-at-the-heels building, giving his client-family a "new," elegant, upper Madison Avenue-style, single-family townhouse mansion, now consisting of six floors plus a usable, excavated cellar, stretching the building from three to six floors and increasing the usable living space from 4,400 to 6,670 s/f.
The new building also functions as an aspirational object in a down-at-the-heels part of town: It is intended to represent the possibility of a richer (intellectually or otherwise) life to the adults and children who will use it every day.
TWO MEN share a drink in a well-appointed study; one is clearly prosperous, the other down-at-the-heels.
The down-at-the-heels salesman is not conspicuous, even among the passing suits and fashionable women, for there are other vendors under the elevated railway, a nether region of greasy spoons and the hard-up, a penumbra fringing the great white way of Ginza.