By Julianne Dalcanton | October 4, 2012 10:23 pm

If you’ve ever spent much time around astronomers, you’ll know that they tend to like their theme wear — space ties, galaxy t-shirts, satellite lapel pins, etc.

To this list, I am thrilled beyond measure to add space clogs. Yes, space clogs. Dansko has come out with a limited edition “Stargazer” version of their standard “Professional” line clog, and I was compelled to pre-order them because… well… they’re space clogs.

They just arrived today, and they’re even more magnificent that I’d hoped.  Not only do they have an extremely realistic star field on them (with diffraction spikes and everything), but the left shoe even hosts a young stellar cluster near the toe (click on the image for a better look).  Besides being simply AWESOME, young stellar clusters are something that members of my research team are studying right now. In short, we are currently analyzing data that looks like my shoes.

(PS. Gotta give a shout out to Jerry at Little’s Shoes in Pittsburgh, who helped make this possible!)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Miscellany, Space
  • joulesm

    Omg looove!! I absolutely must have these as well…

  • Maeve

    You have to post that pic to Science Shoe-off!

  • Phillip Helbig

    Are they real clogs, i.e. with wooden soles (the upper part is leather in the Scandinavian clogs; it’s the Dutch ones which are real wood (and still worn by many people in daily life, such as lorry drivers and people who work outside or with heavy objects—they fulfill the official EU norm for safety shoes)? I wore essentially only such clogs for about 12 years, but only the ones which aren’t open at the back (like the ones in the picture); recently, these have been more difficult to find compared to the open models.

  • Bill the astro pedant

    As you know, the diffraction spikes are not exactly realistic, being artifacts of your observing system. Cool clogs! Thanks for the info. They will go nicely with my glow-in-the-dark stellar field shirt…

  • Julianne Dalcanton

    Phillip — The Dansko Professionals used to have wooden soles, but switched to a dense plastic. They’ve got a cult following among hospital staff who have to be on their feet all day, so you can usually find them easily at websites that sell scrubs and whatnot. They also turn out to be perfect for Seattle, because they’re impervious to rain.

  • Jessy

    Wow they are cool shoes for sure!! It’s like havin the whole galaxy under your feet :-) Awesome!

  • Phillip Helbig

    OK, but I prefer the wooden soles. 😐

  • Deb

    Wow! They are awesome. Love Them!

  • Kevin

    Very snazzy! I will have to go by Little’s Shoes sometime. By the way, I really enjoyed your colloquium at Pitt a couple of weeks ago – the first (but hopefully not last) time I’ve seen underpants gnomes worked into a talk…

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  • Dutch Railroader

    Tap your heels together three times and say, “There’s no place like Andromeda…”

  • joulesm

    Just got these shoes!! Absolutely love them :) Thanks for the find!!


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