I’m going to be honest and say that up until about a year ago my thoughts of Clarks shoes were limited to my memories of them as a child. Who doesn’t remember getting their feet measured by placing them on the board with the metal slider, and how about the Magic Steps shoes with the key in them? (If you don’t remember that and you’re a child of the 80s this advert might take you back…)
It was Chloe at Chloe Likes To Talk that brought me round to the idea of seeing what Clarks have been producing in the 20 years since I last set (a significantly smaller) foot in one of their stores and I was more than pleasantly surprised. These days they produce good quality, classic shoes but with modern styling, and my recent attempts to ‘buy less, buy better’ mean that I’ve often visited their website when looking for shoes or boots that I know will stand the test of time, both in quality and timeless style. If you weren’t already convinced their shoes have been brought well into the 21st Century then check out their collaboration with Mary Portas – when it was launched last year one of the pairs had a 1000 strong waiting list.
After enduring many winters decked in thoroughly unsuitable footwear I’m only just coming round to the idea of owning a few pairs of boots to get me through the chillier season. I must say there is a rather enviable selection of ladies leather boots by Clarks – they even have a winter warmers section of ‘warm lined’ boots to keep your toes cosy (I wrote toesy, ha!)
Here are some of my favourites;
|Mortimer Liz – £79.99|
I am inexplicably drawn to these – at first look I dismissed them as functional over stylish but then I imagined them with skinny jeans tucked in, or tights and a long dress (and my toes started dreaming of that furry lining) and I must admit I’m now really feeling them!
|Hamble Oak – £54.99|
These are from another genius collaboration – Clarks and Harris Tweed. You all know by know how much I love a good pair of brogues and I love the edge the wool tweed gives them. They’re also Clarks softwear lined for a comfy fit. They do a men’s range and I know Tom would love these trainer boots with tweed too.
|Camelia Crown – £49.99|
I am really intrigued by the ‘banana’ heel that’s on trend at the moment and I love how these are so ‘classic’ and yet the matte glitter fabric makes them perfect for the evening too.
Have you checked out Clarks recently?