Photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, March 2007.
Every now again I’ll come across an image that reminds me why I need to dig up my Clarks again, like this one of Natalia Vodianova that ran in Vogue a little while back. I remember stopping on this these pages in the issue a few years ago before I started my job as a Fashion Writer at the magazine. The idea of kicking through sand dunes in a sparkling white suit and some Wallabees just felt so real and cool, even though the Sahara was million miles away.
Personally I think they still work best against a Caribbean backdrop, and flipping through Al Fingers’s great book, Clarks in Jamaica, gives a sense of the style and the flair of the reggae artists, like Half Pint and Vybz Cartel, who wear it best. If I can make them look half as good as they do, then I’m on the right track. Designer Chitose Abe of Sacai clearly has the same soft spot for these shoes that I do, and her spring menswear collection featured rubber-painted desert boots which I’ve been eyeing on thecorner.com for the past couple of weeks. Before I take the plunge and buy, I'm thinking it would be nice to do a little DIY experiment first and give my old pair a lick of new paint. If it works they'll be strokes of genius.
An spread from Clarks in Jamaica by Al Fingers via One Love Books
Clarks Originals X Sacai boots. Photo via Fashion Press