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Clarks Originals x Herschel Supply Co.
July 30, 2014
Clarks Originals has partnered with Herschel Supply Co., a relatively new company, to reinvent their classic Desert Boot.
Founded in 2009, by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack; Herschel Supply Co. derives its name from the small town in which three generations of the brothers’ family were raised. A Vancouver based brand, specialising in travel goods: Herschel’s array of bags, backpacks and wallets are sold at large menswear retailers such ASOS.com and Urban Outfitters. The youth of the company, and their fresh approach to design, is what makes the reinvigoration of Clarks’ signature silhouette so effective.
Herschel’s trademark red and white stripes line the inside of the navy premium leather boot. Whilst a patch of selvage denim decorates the heel-also typical of the company’s design. It is not only the brand’s modernist outlook, but also their inherent sense of heritage and tradition that suits Clarks’ aesthetic so well. Dating back to 1825, Clarks was also established by two brothers, in the Somerset village of Street. The Clarks Originals line has stood the test of time because of the brand’s unfaltering aptitude for footwear design. The Desert Boot has all the qualities needed for a shoe that’s suitable for adventure, and yet timelessly fashionable.
The robust leather creation, with its crepe sole and two eyelet lacing, has been revamped numerous times. All-American outerwear makers Woolrich, leant their characteristic plaid fabric to the Desert Boot form and duffle coat extraordinaire Gloverall, also put its woollen stamp on the Clarks’ Original.
Ronnie Fieg, regular trainer collaborator and owner of his own footwear boutique in New York, had this to say on the design:
‘The Clarks Desert Boot has become a very iconic style and continues to trend strong for the next few seasons. It’s been amazing for me to see Clarks stay extremely relevant for 15 years, one of the very few “brown shoe” companies to do so.’
Again, it is Clarks’ infallible talent for design, that has ensured the Desert Boots’ popularity for seasons to come. Clarks Originals x Herschel Supply Co. have produced a boot that continues to fulfil a niche in the male footwear sector.