Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Desert Boot

Fashion Fridays: Are Vellies the Original Clarks?

Words by Mikaila Brown, Photos by Jason Eric Hardwick for Brother Vellies—


Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks

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Fashion Fridays: Camo Clarks

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Camo Clarks Desert Boot

OK, now we know what Vybz Kartel’s first shopping trip will look like when and if the jailed dancehall star—and noted Clarks hoarder—regains his freedom. In what is sure to be a well-received move in dancehall circles, Clarks Originals is set to introduce camouflage editions of their classic Wallabee and Desert Boot. The shoes are part of Clarks’ new Clarks Hybrids series, described by Hypebeast as “an effortlessly smooth blend of classic chukka and desert boot uppers paired with the sole technology from Clarks‘ newly developed sportswear division.” No specific release info, but Hypebeast says the camo Clarks will be available “at select retailers soon.”

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The Shoe Fits: Clarks To Spotlight Jamaican Culture with New Campaign

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Beth Lesser—

In the spring of 2010, with Vybz Kartel’s “Clarks” reaching peak rotation levels, I published a story in  The Guardian tracing the long-running connection between the iconic British footwear brand and Jamaican music. With reports of Clarks-driven robberies and rampant bootlegging coming in from Jamaica, the company’s spokespeople admitted to me that a surge in sales of Clarks Originals seen at the time might have had something to do with the popularity of Kartel’s tune. The next step seemed obvious. Clarks, which has been active in forging connections to other music scenes, sponsoring live events and other partnerships, would tap Vybz Kartel and Popcaan, and launch a big campaign around its base in Jamaica.

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Fashion Fridays: Clarks’ 2 Tone Ska Desert Boots

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Cutlass and Cane

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, Put your skanking shoes on. Now when someone issues you this directive, you can proceed to your closet with no doubt as to which shoes are meant. As part of their British Rock Royalty collection, Clarks Originals is issuing a Ska Edition of their classic Desert Boot, in the checkerboard, black-and-white pattern synonymous with the Two Tone era, that time in the late 70s and early 80s when British youth adopted Jamaican ska as their own, and dressed head to toe in black and white (And solid black loafers, with white socks, were the preferred footwear). Though not yet in stores, the shoes are currently available for pre-order through England’s End Clothing.

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Fashion Fridays: The Bad, The Purple & The Clarks

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via High Snobiety


Demand keeps ramping up for Clarks and Clarks-like footwear. Which means more and more designers have their heads bent over a computer screen, dreaming up new variations and colorways for the classic walker, resulting in a Skittles-like rainbow of options for the true Clarks collector. The latest twist was recently unveiled by British boutique Poste, which got the official go-ahead from Clarks HQ to dye the desert boot and desert trek in a vivid purple–Pantone 209c, to be right and exact. The desert boots will likely be the trendier of the two, given the model’s overall popularity. But it’s safe to say that Jamaicans and Wu-members have already been dunking their suede desert boots in dye to match their purple stageshow suits and porkpie hats for years now. No, we predict that it’s the harder-to-dye leather and generally more gangster profile of the desert trek (There’s a reason they’re known in Jamaica as “bankrobbers”) that will be a hit  with garrison celebrities. We’d also like to warn Yellowman and Sister Nancy to be on the alert. We suspect Purpleman had a hand in this. (More views of the desert trek after the jump).

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Toppa Top 10: Walla-be’s, Clark-offs and Other Clarks-inspired Footwear

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford and Eddie STATS Houghton

Red King Tubbys aka Wally Dons from Mr Hare

Red King Tubbys aka Wally Dons from Mr Hare

You may have noticed that we can’t seem to stop talking about Clarks–real badman shoes reserved for those who know how fi really rock! Addicted? OK, that’s fair. We admit we have a Clarks-infused jones in our bones-es. But it is fashion week, so we decided to keep the fire burning. This time out we gathered a list of some admirable Clarks-inspired footwear fit for the streets and elsewhere. Some even outshine the original creators–if such a thing is possible!

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