There is bad weird, and there is good weird. Bad weird is the decision to not just create, but actually wear a bro romper. Or this genuinely batshit memo that was drafted—no joke—by a guy that was on the National Security Council, and which I still cannot wrap my mind around. But there’s also good weird. Like Too Many Cooks. Or the new Clarks Originals Trigenic Evo sneakers, which just dropped today.
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There’s a lot going on with this design. First off, of course, there’s that sole (made by Vibram). Comprised of three independent parts with curved beveled edges, it’s designed to enhance comfort and range of motion. When you get to the upper, the last (aka the shape of the shoe) is asymmetrical. There are panels galore and elastic fasteners throughout, designed to mirror the effect of your tendons for extra stability. It all comes together to create a shoe based on the actual human foot, not just our idea of what a shoe should look like. And because of that, it looks… yeah, kind of odd.
But guess what? That’s exactly why I like it. It’s just offbeat enough to feel completely different than other offerings on the market, but not so crazy (or crazy ugly) that it becomes unwearable. Will working a pair of these into an everyday outfit require a little extra effort and forethought? Sure. But we’re in an era of menswear where anything goes—within reason, at least. From the fit of your pants to the design of your shoes, there’s never been a better time to experiment with your look. So why not try something a little weird? Just make sure it’s the good kind.