Full-time fashion model and part-time fashion blogger Samio took to the streets of Manchester to road test our Merryn Moors black leather knee high boots. Samio teamed them with a polo neck, poncho and faux fur jacket – we think it’s a look that brightens up even the rainiest of days!
From icy blue hues to cobalts and inky shades – make stepping into 2015 a whole lot brighter with some blue shoes. The perfect transitional shade, a pair of blue shoes = serious wardrobe mileage. One way to navigate the changing temperatures is to rework your winter coat. Trench, parka or duster – this season has been all about maxi length and that’s not about to change.
Team a pair of our perforated sky blue Griffin Maddy shoes with your longline coat and some washed-out denims. Style today with a cable knit sweater and skinny jeans then rework it with a boxy cropped top and ‘mum’ jeans rolled high when the weather starts to warm up
Surely there’s no one better qualified to give style advice than a Berlin fashion blogger – Dominique (Goldschnee) has created a statement look for winter by teaming our Lynsky Jules boots with a pair of luxe leather trousers. Embracing the chill can be tricky when your indoor destination will invariably have the radiators cranked up to full, so follow Dominique’s example and maintain your outfit A-game by layering-up. It will help take you from the great outdoors to an open fire without breaking a sweat.
Check out Dominque’s blog Goldschnee – here
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Before the launch of the Limited Edition DOOM X Wallabee boot we talked to the super villain of hip hop about teaming up with Clarks Originals.
How did you start out?
The super villain really started out in New York. I’ve been doing music now for more than 20 years, and I’m still doing what I do – instrumentals, rhymes, trying to cover as much of the spectrum musically as I can – whilst professionally keeping it tight.
Why do you wear a mask?
This version of the mask I have had for about five years. There have been previous versions, but the idea came from me just wanting to wear a mask on stage. I started out by wearing a stocking mask at first, and then it evolved to a plastic, altered, Halloween mask, until we came up with the current bad boy.
Why did you decide to work with Clarks Originals?
Well, Clarks Originals are the classic Wallabee joints. It’s in their name – they are classics, originals. Only rich cats had these back in the day. I wasn’t really able to get a pair until recently, but ever since then they’ve been in my collection. It’s like a sneaker, but it’s still a shoe. You can flip them up. They always had a classy but casual look to them.
What was it like to make your own shoe?
Well Clarks came up with the offer, and automatically I was with it. I was trying to think how, and what, am I going to add to an original. Originals are classy joints – so I had to work out what I could do without taking away from that feel.
You are certainly a Pioneer. What similarities are there between you and Clarks Originals?
Well thank you for the compliment. I feel humble – there’s a lot of hard work that has been put into it, so it’s great that it has been appreciated. I think we’re a good fit as you’re dealing with two original concepts. I’m trying to be as different as possible with the mask and everything. No-one had ever tried it before, it was ground breaking.
It’s the same with these shoes – they stand the test of time. When you have something like that, where craftsmanship and care is put into the creation, then it tends to last a long time. That’s the true test. I think that’s also a good look for me – Clarks Originals and I both carry weight with what we do and what we do speaks for itself.
As you can guess from the name of her blog, Georgie from Fashion is Black is obsessed with inky black shades and ebony coloured clothes. However she did make an exception for our Turin Dreaming ankle boots in oxblood red. We LOVE how she styled them up with high-waisted peg trousers, cropped vest top and jacket in, you guessed it, black – some things just work!
We caught up with our trends analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver, for his take on our new collections and what it’s like to assess the fashion landscape for a living.
As part of the Clarks creative team I predict and analyse footwear, fashion, social and digital trends to inform and influence product creation.
Before Clarks I studied fashion journalism. I then worked as a fashion and lifestyle journalist alongside working in sales and PR at a renowned British fashion label and running club events in London. Somehow I got roped into teaching English in a college along the way too, so quite a mix!
My favourite thing about my job is the travel; individually and as a creative team, travelling to various cities and trade-shows for research and inspiration is key for a healthy creative process and fresh, product information.
I’d describe my style as British vs Americana heritage. I wear quite a lot of denim, knits and checks but then I also love the monochrome, Scandi and sports luxe trends. My favourite place to shop in the world is Selfridges. Every city in the world should have one.
Clarks has made a very identifiable leap from comfort casuals to stylish shoes you can wear all day, every day. No longer does Clarks mean just ‘safe’ shoes and children’s shoes, they are designed for people who want to make a style statement and who prioritise quality and craft.
For SS15 I’m really looking forward to seeing my influences come through in our products – from sports-inspired cup soles to on-trend colours that were identified and developed about 18 months ago!
Chelsea boots – an androgynous silhouette loved by 60s hipsters like Dylan and the Stones, and now the uniform for off-duty models and indie kids alike. If you don’t own a pair – you need to, if you already do, then you need another!
This trend is going nowhere fast, so now it’s about making an outfit impact. These Clarks X Orla Kiely boots use a combination of smooth and pony effect leathers to score a double style hit. With Christmas markets and Winter Wonderlands calling your name you should team your new Chelsea boots with some skinnies, an oversized plaid shirt peeking out under a sports-luxe sweatshirt and some fingerless gloves – you’ll need to be able to hold that warm mug of Glühwein!