So, ‘Clarks Originals love’ here on Propermag is a given right? All suede magic and crepe sole beauty. Archive releases and classic cool.
Well, Originals younger, louder, sportier and more brazen cousin has started to make inroads, and is doing it well. Last year saw a strong collaboration between this newest member of the Clarks family – Clarks Sportswear & perennial footwear favourites Hanon in the Traxter Ventile – waterproof uppers and rugged beauty, in the form of a modern hybrid of the classic Desert Trek model.
A/W13 and Clarks Sportswear have continued along this outdoors theme – a good place to be in my mind (hell ProperMag loves a bit of HikerdelicChic doesnt it?) – with their release of the Clarks Sportswear Tumbler Trail.
We all know those Polyveldt boots of the past, with the rounded toepiece and press studded pocket on the ankle; 70’s geography teacher-wear of the highest order. These old Clarks boots have been used as the starting point for this updated, modern design, with a real focus on looks and performance
That ‘stash’ pocket is still there, for all your (cough, cough) ‘necessities’, but with magnetic closing instead of the old brass popper and this time fitting a lot more sleekly onto the ankle. The outersole uses a new Vibram unit, so you wont have to worry about going arse over tit when legging it down those rain dampened low-fells in time for last orders. There are waxed laces, looped eyelets and an internal ankle support to offer the wearer better all-round fit and comfort.
But lets be honest, as much as we see ourselves as hillwalking heroes, we’re far more likely to wear these out and about on our Urban climes, stash pocket being utilised for our ‘Morrisons trolley £1 coin’ and ankle support being shown off under high rise Selvedge turn-ups.