Autumn Winter has landed

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FOR AUTUMN WINTER 2016, CLARKS ORIGINALS MERGE PAST AND PRESENT TO SHAPE THE FUTURE.

Across the Men’s and Women’s collections, the Desert Boot and the Wallabee retain all their signature elements – the understated design, the handful of component parts including the iconic crepe sole, the uncomplicated construction. So too does Trigenic Flex – the crafted innovation that fuses the attitude of a sneaker with inspiration from Clarks archive.

For the guys, the upcoming season sees all three styles re-energised with an imaginative new graphic that adds a splash of eye-catching colour. Inspired by the paint splatters found on art college floors, a mixture of greys, blue and dark red delivers a unique look to a trio of seasonal essentials.

Another transformation taking place sees the Clarks Desert Boot, the Wallabee and Trigenic Flex emerge in a palette of autumnal colours. The Desert Boot comes in a rich, nut brown bronto suede, a dark tan suede and a dark green suede – all supplied by Leeds tannery, Charles F. Stead, original suppliers of suede and leather for the very first Clarks Desert Boot.

Trigenic Flex gets a seasonal makeover too. Key features remain, like the three part decoupled Vibram® sole, the genuine moccasin construction and the veg tanned leather footbed. Only the colours are new, with a nut brown bronto suede available for both Men and Women.

Shop the Autumn Winter colletion in store, online and in selected Clarks Originals stockists.
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Introducing: Clarks x Christopher Raeburn

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Thinking differently. For Clarks, shoemakers since 1825, it began with a slipper made from sheepskin off-cuts. For award-winning British designer, Christopher Raeburn, it was surplus parachute fabric that sparked his unique vision of cool, contemporary style.

And although almost 200 years separate our origins, the idea of doing things our way has drawn us together. The result reflects and our shared love of art craftsmanship, combining Clarks unparalleled shoemaking expertise with Christopher Raeburn’s unique design aesthetic.

Featuring five styles for men and five styles for women, the Clarks x Christopher Raeburn collection breaks new ground in its use of performance materials like mesh, neoprene and webbing and design details like perforations and a bespoke outsole.

Adding comfort to the style, meanwhile, are tried and trusted features that include an Extralight sole and Clarks Cushion Plus, the cleverly concealed and precisely placed dual density cushioning that helps you walk in the way that’s best for you.

United by our inspirations and by our quintessential Britishness, Clarks and Christopher Raeburn are natural collaborators; a match meant to be.

Exclusively available at The Windsor Annex.

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Need It Now: New Desert Boot Colours

Launched in 1950 by Nathan Clark, the Desert Boot was inspired by a rough boot from Cairo’s Old Bazaar. An instant hit, it became the footwear of choice for off-duty army officers. Our iconic and versatile Women’s and Men’s Clarks Originals Desert Boot features clean lines, a simple lace fastening and our signature crepe sole.

Women’s Light Blue is the newest addition to the collection, and is our favourite! Paired with crisp white shorts and a basic tee, you’ll look effortlessly cool this Summer.

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The Men’s Desert Boot has been updated in rich Terracotta suede. Perfect for making a subtle style statement, these boots will take you from day-to-night. They can be worn with chino shorts and a basic tee for a new take on Summer styling.

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Clarks Originals x END

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The latest in a succession of collaborators drawn to Clarks Originals and their reputation for iconic design combined with craftsmanship is UK-based clothing and footwear retailer, END.

Specialists in luxury men’s style and premium street wear from all over the world, END. has worked with the Clarks Originals’ designers to create ‘Black Diamond’ – a chukka boot inspired by the industry that helped shape the North East of England, home to the retailer’s flagship store.

Crafted from coal black leather and suede supplied by Charles F. Stead – the Leeds tannery that has been supplying Clarks Originals for more than six decades – Black Diamond utilises both sides of this premium double-faced bovine leather. The upper of this unique collaborative style has been made using a Clarks Desert Boot last and is combined with a Desert Trek wedge sole in black and silver stitching. Three eyelets, veg tan fobs and a woven heel pull are among the finishing touches. Black Diamond retails for $249.95.

This worldwide collaboration is available in Australia exclusively at Up There and Cabinet Noir.

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The Iconic Wallabee

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A staple of the Originals collection since 1967, the Wallabee comes available in both a shoe and boot. Crafted utilising two pieces of leather or suede, two eyelets and a natural crepe wedge sole, this classic moccasin construction delivers supreme comfort and effortless style.

The history of this coveted style begins in the early 60s when German company Sioux produced mass quantities of a moccasin style shoe under the name “Grasshopper”. Wanting in on the action, Clarks won a license agreement with Sioux by which they would produce the shoes out of their own factory, paying a royalty on each pair.

Keen to expand their reach, Clarks took the shoe to the US market. As it turned out, the brand title “grasshopper” was already taken in the US, and thus the name “Wallabee” was coined. They flew off the shelves.

Following this, the shoes were exported all over the globe; quickly becoming a staple alongside the Desert Boot. Today, the style remains largely unchanged from its original design with seasonal colour variations available. The simple design of the shoe and boot make the Wallabee idea for collaborations some of which have included Stussy, Supreme, GoodHood and MF Doom.

The appeal of the Wallabee is vast. From The Verve wearing Wallabees on the cover of their Urban Hymns album to the Wu Tang Clan promoting the shoes to their massive fan base; The Wallabee has been loved and will continue to be loved for generations to come.

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Introducing Desert London

Clarks Originals’ Desert London updates a classic piece of footwear design. Based around the original Desert Boot — a style that has equally spawned many imitators — the redesigned Desert London makes for a more streamlined and sleek profile. Regardless of the silhouette modernisation, classical traits remain including the Originals fob tag and signature crepe sole. Available in black suede, beeswax, cola suede and maple.

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CLARKS ORIGINALS X LE FIX

The latest in a succession of collaborators drawn to the brand, Copenhagen’s Le Fix bring their love of art, their creative freedom and their unmistakable Scandinavian style to reimaginings of the iconic Desert Boot and crafted innovation, Trigenic Flex.

The classic Desert Boot profile, the crepe sole, the handful of component parts – the signature ingredients remain with Le Fix adding to the impact with a new shade of Forest Green and vibrant red detailing.

Distinguished by its unique, three part, decoupled vibram sole and its deconstructed upper, Trigenic Flex gets a Le Fix makeover, emerging in a combination of petrol suede, full-grain navy leather and red detailing.

The Le Fix collection is available now exclusively at Up There Store and Cabinet Noir.

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