They were what the yardies wore in my high school, on my block and also in the dance hall. They are British originals made of premium materials, of great construction and seasoned in tradition that both updates with new offerings yet stays anchored in the same greatness that made them a household name. Comfort, style and ease know this brand and everything that the brand undertakes is routed in the three. I'm referring of course to Clarks, the ubiquitous footwear brand that made the wallabee more than an Aussie animal and made crepe soles a comfy addition to the world of mens footwear.
The comfort still reigns for Spring 2013 as the brand updates their classics and offers some new perspectives and clean silhouettes. Clarks wouldn't be Clarks without their patented Wallabees which is expanded to include the Wallabee Run, a lesser soled, lower version of the classic ankle style in leather and nubuck and color-infused soles on their classic Desert boots. There's a softness to the collection with great lived in canvas and leather models like the Craft Row and grown-n-casual sneaker styles with dress shoe embellishments like wing-tip tooling and a pared-down running shape with a crepe sole. Nautical and vintage themes run throughout the collection for spring with marina-type deck shoes that are made a dash more pristine with color-blocking and wax a bit of nostalgic with subtle cabana vacation themes. Another noteworthy model is the Craft Sail, a cool ankle length moccasin that has a great rich leathery texture, which also comes in nubuck too. It's also good to note that many styles will come in navy colorways, a perfect softer dark for the spring/summer seasons.
It won't be hard for men to integrate any of these shoe into their wardrobes for spring. There's a touch of something for every man. Those waxing a touch of retro, seeking classic or wanting clean and simple. The common thread however, and rightfully so, will remain comfortably Clarks.