Anyone that frequently makes their way to this particular block of online real estate knows that there’s one footwear drop that never gets missed. Clarks. With the exception of your granddad’s Florsheim Shoe Shop Clarks, I make it a point to cover all the styles, regardless of whether I would where them. This is mainly due to the fact that I am enamored with the brands ability to transcend all boundaries of classification, style, demographic and any other pigeon hole you can place it in.
By today’s fashion standards, that’s major. The brand has been doing this before I even knew how to tie my shoes. For as long as i can remember I’ve seen the most panache individuals rock Clarks. From my uncles and older cousins of Jamaican decent to the stoner graffiti writers I’ve met over the years. And we know they weren’t referencing the innanets to determine what they were going to put on their feet. They weren’t always wearing The Wallabee style either. In fact it was the Desert Boot that the real mavens were flossing. And guess what? Today’s maven’s still know how to do it. The likes of Supreme and Ronnie Fieg fitting cats like Theophulis London?(I know, I know. but this post is about the shoes. Not the skinny jeans. Plus dude makes great music)
Inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II, Nathan Clark introduced the very first Clarks Original in 1950, the Desert Boot. He was most likely attempting to impress his dad William Clark, who in 1883 created the first shoe ever to follow the natural shape of the foot, which at the time was revolutionary (think Reebok Pump of the late 1800′s in terms of concept). Combine that with the innovation of directly vulcanizing rubber soles onto leather uppers, and this salute is bulletproof. If you disagree, lay it out on the table and leave a comment.