PostThe Boot Diary – Week Five

Date: 28th October - Biker Boots

 

It’s week five of the boot diary and we’ve gone from looking at the iconic Chelsea boots to a more contemporary look that offers a fierce edge to off-duty outfits.

Encapsulating the unspoken rules of autumn winter fashion with layers, contrasting textures and finishing details, the biker boot trend is a must for your winter wardrobe and our top pick is Sicilly Dove.

Sicilly Dove Clarks biker boots in brown

With inspiration from our men's boots, our designers have given the traditional ankle boot profile a rugged update. The upper combines tactile leathers with ankle straps and zip detailing and is finished off with a gold buckle fastening. The slimline sole adds a refined feminine touch and overall this style adds maximum impact to outfits this season.

 

Buy - Sicilly Dove

View - Women's ankle boots

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PostClarks Originals X BEAMS Collaboration

Tokyo heritage brand, BEAMS have collaborated with Clarks Originals to re-release the iconic Desert Trek Hi. In two colourways, the Clarks classic sand suede, as well as a BEAMS ink inspired, navy suede.

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Starting as a small store in the Harajuku district in Tokyo, BEAMS has grown into a significant retail brand in Japan. To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, the two brands have come together for the resurrection of the iconic Desert Trek Hi.

Keeping the style's original profile, it comes complete, of course, with the signature trek man on the back of the heel, embossed in to tan leather. Not to mention the specially designed leather fobs, unique to this style, to mark the forty year celebration.

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week Four

Date: 21st October - Chelsea Boots

When it comes to talking about winter wardrobe staples, the first thing that springs to mind is the Chelsea boot.

Dating back to the Victorian era, these close-fitting, ankle boots with elastic side panels and a heel loop tab became iconic in the 60s after influential musicians such as The Beatles were seen to be wearing them. Although many like to reinterpret the traditional boot into something contemporary, there is also a need to keep the classic styling. Whether the occasion is casual or a bit more formal, we’ve got two looks that your winter wardrobe will be calling out for.

Orinoco Club – crafted from oily leathers in classic colours and teamed with a subtly cleated sole, these Chelsea boots provide that quintessential country casual look.

Chelsea boots Orinoco Club in brown

Taylor Shine – with a sleek, slimline sole, these Chelsea boots use premium leathers and an almond toe for a more refined look, perfect for those smarter occasions.

Chelsea boots Taylor Shine in tan

 

Buy - Orinoco Club

Buy - Taylor Shine

View - Women's Ankle Boots

 

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PostMen’s Boots: The Clarks Originals Winter Pack

Authentic, winterised interpretations of the brand’s most famous icons with a street-appropriate look. The Winter Pack, the third product package to drop for AW16 from Clarks Originals...

In a pared back palette of wintery dark grey. An extra-long knap ‘hairy’ suede upper is combined with 100% sheep wool linings. Available in the Desert Boot, Wallabee boot and Trigenic profile.

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PostWomen’s boots: The Clarks Originals Winter Pack

Pioneering authenticity for women's winter boots, with the latest Clarks Originals product package to drop for AW16...

Back with their third product package of the season, Clarks Originals introduce The Winter Pack for women. A truly winterised interpretation of the brand's three iconic silhouettes - the Desert Boot, the Trigenic and the Wallabee.

 The suede has once again been sourced from UK-based tannery, Charles F Stead, in a premium black.

Uppers are complimented by a 100% sheep wool front and ankle collar, creating an authentic yet seasonally practical look - warm and fit for winter...

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PostCLARKS ORIGINALS X END. DESERT COAL ‘BLACK DIAMOND’

 

Specialists in luxury men’s style and premium streetwear 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. Three eyelets, veg tan fobs silver stitch detailing and a woven heel loop are among the finishing touches.

 Clarks Originals' work with END. is the latest in a line of successful collaborators. To view more of the work that Clarks Originals do with other like-minded brands, visit their website clarksoriginals.com.

To view stockists of Black Diamond click here

 To visit END. Clothing's website, endclothing.com/gb/

 

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PostTHE BOOT DIARY – WEEK THREE

Date: 14th October

 

Chukka Boots

Although it is not 100% known, the name Chukka, is said to be derived from the seven and a half minute period of play in a Polo match – a Chukka or Chukker – historically meaning ‘circle’ or ‘turn’. Originating in India and popular amongst the British Army unit’s off-duty Polo players, the boots made their way to America around 1924 on the feet of the Duke of Windsor, who’d previously visited India and partaken in games of Polo.

The Duke wore the shoes regularly when back in the States, encouraging the style to eventually become a staple item in a man’s wardrobe.

A classic Chukka Boot comes to just above the ankle, is plain toed and is fastened with two laces and two or three sets of eyelets. Usually made from just a single piece of calfskin suede leather with thin leather soles.

Introducing Chilver Hi...

It's also believed that the Chukka Boot is what began to spark Nathan Clark’s original inspiration for the Desert Boot, too. Which has a similar shape and construction, but has that unmistakable crepe sole to set it apart. Still as popular and highly regarded now, as it was then.

 The styles have kept up with the times too; now available in many different colours and materials, from high street to very top-end retailers. Two timeless boot profiles that show no sign of diminishing, worn perfectly as both casual and dress boots.

 

VIEW - Chilver Hi GTX

SHOP - Mens Boots

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PostSIMPLE. IT’S COMPLICATED.

 

Othea Ruby – a perfect embodiment of the love and consideration that Clarks give to their shoes. This boot has been shaped to perfection, a true testament to Clarks’ expert shoe-making craftsmanship and attention to detail. It takes a lot to be this beautifully simple...

With an ankle hugging top, a sleek back curve and an elegantly curved block heel, which provides comfort as well as the illusion of height. Sophisticated leather stacking on the heel appears alongside a stitched, high-sheen rand that contrasts with the casual upper leather in a rich brown, that have been hand burnished and will age beautifully. A super thick, almost wooly, elastic panel at the side ensures that it is taut enough to perfectly hug the foot, whilst a suede sock adds extra cosiness.

 
 

 

The full Clarks range of women’s winter boots is the culmination of 190 years passion and expertise in shoe-making. All of the season’s most desired silhouettes are executed with ultimate skill, every stitch in every design has a purpose...

 

VIEW - Othea Ruby

SHOP - Womens boots

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PostFOR REAL.

It takes a lot to be this beautifully simple. Although it might not look like it, this ultimate Men’s boot, Korick Rise, is actually made from an impressive ninety seven component parts. Premium pull-up leathers, a stitchdown construction and heavy duty outsoles are all kept looking perfectly simple, for a true expression of authenticity. Gore-Tex® lining ensures the boots are perfectly weatherproofed, waterproofed and climate controlled.

The inspiration for the style came from the original 'Americana work boot', in distressed Tobacco leather, with highlight colours to add interesting yet discreet detail. Not only stylish and easily worn with many different looks, but genuinely fit for purpose, wearable throughout the whole of winter to keep feet warm and dry - all evolving from a hand-carved wooden last.

 VIEW - Korick Rise

SHOP - ALL Mens Boots

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PostINTRODUCING: Clarks X Christopher Raeburn – Season Two

 

Introducing the AW16 collection of the Clarks and Christopher Raeburn collaboration. Following on from the success of the first collaboration in SS16, this collection is centred around the theme of Mongolia – one of the last truly wild places on earth, a land where the quest to combat the elements has inspired a unique culture of handwork and re-using materials.

Combining craftsmanship, pioneering spirit and passion for detail, we see this Mongolian spirit and inspiration pulled through to each member of the range.

 

For Women

 

The Shiliin Ava is a key style for AW16 taking inspiration the Mongolian Mukluk boot, originally made to withstand savagely cold temperatures. Contrasting materials demonstrate Clarks x Christopher Raeburn’s response to the challenges of winter as well as showcasing an intricate and eye-catching design.

The boot consists of three distinctive layers, with a rubber sole rand, a complimenting leather front and a soft grey felt back. Shiliin Ava is laced with durable brown cord through D-rings and lined with a warm ornamental quilt.

 

 

 

The Shiliin Ali also has a three-part construction, this time featuring a characteristic strap made from herringbone webbing; a signature detail of Christopher Raeburn’s AW16 apparel.

Both styles also feature a reversible insock. One side is a warm wool felt, perfect for cold weather, while the other side is a comfortable leather, ideal for warmer days. The inspiration came from the functional insocks found inside military Mukluck boots, which could be removed and dried by the fire.

 

 

 

For Men

 

The Trigenic Scale’s design inspired by Mongolian leather armour, features include a winterised interpretation of Clarks’ unique Trigenic sole and a removable Italian wool inner bootee bonded to lycra for a stretch fit. Plus a hand-assembled and stitched upper made from elk skin, sourced from sustainable herds.

 Christopher Raeburn says: “I’ve been really encouraged by the way the collaboration with Clarks is developing; the dynamic in the design process has allowed us to produce a range of footwear that brings a genuinely new aesthetic, a unique blend of materials and a healthy balance of functionality”

 Launched in early 2016 at London Collections Men and London Fashion Week, the collection is now available internationally. Click here to view the rest of the collection.

 

 

 
 
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PostTHE BOOT DIARY – WEEK TWO

Date: 05th October 

 

Premium Leather Boots 

 It's always the right time to invest in the best quality boots. If you're looking for something to last you even longer than you'd ever need them to and to withstand, well, just about anything, then you've come to the right place.

To fit that brief we've given Melanie An GTX a spin. A simple, versatile design. Strong, premium leather and with waterproof Gore-tex® technology, ensures that those home - office - bar days, come cold, rain or shine, are completely covered...

 

Browse a wider edit of this season's best quality womens boots and mens boots on the Clarks website. 

 

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week one

The Phenia Collection

It’s that time of year when your morning routine has one pivotal question, shoes or boots?

The early hours may be dark and misty, but there is no telling how the rest of the day will pan out. No matter what the weather, you’ll want to be prepared, and our Clarks Originals range has some great transitional styles that are perfect for this autumn.

If you’re not quite ready to make the transition from shoes to boots, then Phenia Strand is perfect. With all the Clarks Originals detailing you would expect, this dress casual shoe is crafted from soft suede and comes in three versatile colours - navy, black and bronze brown.

If boots are your go-to then we have two styles to choosefrom, both inspired by the iconic Desert Boot and both offering a refined, feminine look. Phenia Carnaby offers subtle elevation to your outfit with the 4.5cm stacked effect heel, whilst Phenia Desert is perfect for when you need to keep your feet firmly on the ground.

In both classic and seasonal shades, our Phenia styles won’t disappoint.

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