Swipe These $100 Clogs From Donald Glover’s GQ Cover Shoot
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Donald Glover has nabbed just about every honor in the book (including, as of this week, one of GQ’s Global Creativity Awards), and that’s the least interesting thing about him. Over the last decade, Glover has proven himself the rare multihyphenate “creative” actually worthy of the moniker: his work as Childish Gambino would’ve been a capstone in any other artist’s career, except most artists don’t follow a wildly successful stint in music with a project like Atlanta.
As you might expect, the guy goes to a lot of glitzy affairs. (Someone’s got to collect all those honors, right?) And sure, his red carpet looks offer plenty of moodboard fodder, but even on a regular Tuesday, there’s nary a person outdressing him. For proof, take a look at Glover’s GQ cover story photographed at Gilga Farm, the site of his new “production company/incubator/cultural library”, in sunny Ojai, California.
Are you looking? Great: Now pay close attention. It’s easy to get lost among the overalls, cowboy boots, and seemingly endless array of hats—there’s a metaphor lurking there, surely!—but the most accessible swerve on display might be a freaky pair of clogs from Troentorp, the low-key Swedish footwear brand.
Troentorp calls its signature clogs the Da Vinci, a fitting name given the context, and they make ’em with pull-up leather uppers nailed to thick wooden soles. They’re the kind of shoes an absurdly stylish grandma might wear to thumb the produce at the local farmer’s market, a highly specific vibe Glover yields to with typical flair. Despite their tree trunk of a sole, they’re just $99—approximately $1,550 less than the ritzy Hermès blanket Glover wears, shawl-like, on the front cover.
Wooden clogs have been bubbling up in the menswear zeitgeist for a while now, and you don’t need Glover’s creative pedigree to pull them off. Just a few months ago, we spotlighted the very same pair in our roundup of the year’s buzziest trends, which means they aren’t reserved for GQ cover stars (or GQ staffers)—not exclusively, at least. What endeared them to us then is still true today: embrace their bulbous shape and they’ll jazz up anything you pair them with, whether it’s Glover’s Bottega trousers or Tim Cook’s trusty Levi’s jeans. With the help of their hefty 2-inch soles, the sky’s the limit. Who knows? Around this time next year, we might be inducting you into our second class of honorees.
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