Hopefully it’s no secret to our readers just how much we really, really love Clarks Originals here at Proper. Though there are lots of other phenomenal ‘artisan’ shoes out there and some truly sublime boots and sneakers that we get rather giddy over, in terms of consistent quality and heritage nobody can hold a candle to our beloved Clarks. Again and again their Originals range has faithfully re-issued classic after classic, from Weavers to Desert trek to Wallabees and Natalies not forgetting Polyveldts or my personal favourite the amazing Desert Rain, as well as some great newer models such as the Chip butty, Mali, Kahn, Jink, Aschott and Preston Pitch. Though not one to rest on their comfy suede laurels, Clarks like to keep their finger firmly on the pulse via exciting collaborations with all manner of movers and shakers, their latest outing being OriginalsLive Where they’re hooking up with Rough Trade’s East London shop to showcase a fine array of new musical talent. Events kick off with a launch party on September 8th from 1pm where Clarks Originals and Rough Trade East join forces to celebrate the launch of Louise and The Pins new single. Fans will get chance to join the musical elite and win tickets to the event where Originals will also reveal planned activity that is lined up throughout the season around the OriginalsLive campaign.
On the back of these exciting events this autumn Clarks originals have also released the Desert Trooper. Essentially an autumn/winter take on Nathan Clark’s trusty desert boot, replacing the traditional crepe sole with a sturdy thick tread, a move we weren’t too sure about at first but is gradually growing on us. Especially if it means we don’t break our necks this year doing some impromptu body-popping whilst trying to stay upright on the icy pavements. If you’ve not made your mind up yet maybe you can just enjoy these ace archive (or should that be Clark-ive?) ads that our mates at Originals have sent us in the mean time.