Clarks Originals – cult shoes from Great Britain
Founded in the English county of Somerset in 1825, Clarks is now the world’s biggest manufacturer of shoes outside of the sports shoes area. Clarks Originals from the BRAUN Hamburg assortment, such as the ‘desert boots’ that were designed in the 1950s and the moccasin-inspired ‘Wallabee’ with its signature crepe soles are some of the most popular men’s shoes among free thinkers, artists and musicians. Both models became pop culture icons a long time ago. The ankle-high suede ‘desert boots’ were inspired by boots designs from Cairo and were initially designed as casual boots for officers before later being discovered by subcultures such as the beatniks in the USA and the British mods – and later still by London tourists, thanks to the sewn-on Union Jack. The ‘Wallabee’, presented in 1968, is made of just two pieces of leather and was named after the small kangaroo because of its light-footed feel. This model enjoyed a great deal of popularity on the US American rap scene and, in the cult series “Breaking Bad”, main character Walter White wears Wallabees as he morphs from the first to the last episode. Using first-class shoemaking skills, Clarks always manages to pick up on the latest trends and interpret them in its own style. Whether you wear them with smart or casual outfits, Clarks Originals express a spirit of freedom and style.