PostDOOM X WALLABEE BOOT – AVAILABLE NOW

Doom Wallabee boot on sale

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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.

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PostWomens Chelsea boots

Women's Chelsea Boots

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!

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PostDoom – Limited Edition Wallabee

Doom X Clarks Wallabee

MF DOOM The self-styled ‘super villain of hip hop’ is back, collaborating with Clarks Originals on a Wallabee like no other. Remixed in NY Knicks’ colours, they feature a mask-themed lining, glow in the dark sole and royal blue suede.

Available 12.12.14

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PostThe Men’s Edit – our pop-up store closes its doors

Our first ever dedicated men’s showcase has closed its doors but luckily we took some time to film the pop-up store in all its vintage glory. Located in the heart of Neal Street, Covent Garden, The Men’s Edit store hosted events with traditional shoe-shining, gourmet street food and craft beers on tap. Throw in the hand-picked edit of Clarks men’s shoes, including the ground breaking collaboration with Norton Motorcycles, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Now, on to the next one…

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PostStuart Garner: CEO and owner of Norton – the interview

Norton biker boots

As we’ve just launched our first ever collaboration with Norton Motorcycles we thought it would be the perfect time to chat bikes, boots and chicken chasers with the man that brought Norton back to life…

Stuart on Norton…

“My ambition with Norton was always to bring this historic and respected British brand back into production. Now it’s about building on that and re-establishing the brand globally. Our bikes are all built by hand in our factory here in Donington, the home of British motorsport, which makes each bike unique.

My first ever bike was a Honda CV50 ‘chicken chaser’ as it was affectionately known! It was a great bike which I learned to handle well – I even managed to wheelie it through my garden gate with my granny on the back! Times have changed a little since then though; I now ride a Norton NRV588 – on which I broke the land speed record for a rotary engine, reaching 180mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Our hand-built bikes are loved by everyone from Richard Hammond to Keanu Reeves and Bruce Springsteen, but whether it’s a chicken chaser or a pristine Norton our mantra is always the same – ride it like you stole it!”

Stuart on the new Clarks/Norton range

“We wanted to work with Clarks because our shared heritage and British craftsmanship is revered around the world. We knew these shared values and history would create a winning partnership.

The boots in this collection were inspired by traditional and authentic motorcycle footwear and manufactured with quality components. We’ve drawn on historic and modern design examples to produce something truly original.  These boots are for anyone that respects traditional design values and tough footwear – my personal favourite is the Norton Rise in black – I never want to take them off!”

Shop the Norton range here.

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