Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Clarks: 1955 and 2014!

Clarks has recreated some beautful vintage styles for the coming AW14 season, with one shoe in particular based on a 1955 style.  Look at the beautiful 'timeline' from their website.

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I think I prefer the 2007 version over the latest incarnation to be honest, I don't get on with spiky heels for everyday wear.

I do love Clarks though - their shoes are actually comfortable and come in my size!  I noticed over the last few years that lots of shops have messed with their sizing - for example, I used to be a '41' European size in New Look, which was either a 7 or 8, I forget which, but now their size 8 is a 42, and 7 is 40.  Where's my size 41 gone?!  M&S did this too, but they at least do half sizes in some styles, so I can still get a 41 as a 7.5 if I'm lucky.

So, the fact that Clarks do my size in every style gives them big points from me, even if I am a 41.5 in their styles rather than my traditional 41 that I find myself being in brands like J Shoes.  Also, have you seen how lovely their range has been in recent years?  I bought about 5 pairs of Clarks shoes over the last year - 2 pairs of 1940's style mary-janes ('Concert Ticket'), 1 pair 1950's style court shoe ('Bowes Palace'), and 2 pairs of brogues ('Coolest Fruit' and 'Hamble Oak') - and have a few more on my wish-list for the coming winter.  Here are my top picks!

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Kaz Blues in ox-blood leather, £99.99


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Carrick Tumble in red suede, £49.99

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Busby Folly in dark green, £69.99

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Blues myth in tweed combi leather, £79.99

I'm a tad disappointed they haven't released patent versions of 'Concert Ticket', because the suede versions I own are not really practical for wet weather, but I do like some of the other styles - those first boots in particular I can see being super for wet and cold weather.

Have you got your eye on any Clarks shoes?  Which are your favourites?

14 comments:

  1. Those last two pairs you posted are niiiiiice. I've been wanting a pair of tassel loafers for fall, and I just can't resist a pair of high heeled oxfords. I have to agree about the 1955 shoe their reintroducing, though - I would much rather see the thicker heel. I guess they didn't think it would appeal to a broader audience, which seems strange because they're such a "comfort" brand, at least in my mind.

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    1. Absolutely, why does a comfort brand need a silly heel?! Oh well, Clarks always has a good range so there's always something that I would wear. x

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  2. Good on them, that is seriously cool. It's great to see a main stream brand intentionally looking to the past and releasing vintage appropriate styles like this.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. We've had a spurt of brands doing just that in the UK - it's great! x

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  3. GAH! WHY did they do that to the heel? It had a perfectly nice heel to start with.

    I'm fat, I don't need all that weight teetering along on a stiletto...

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    1. The original heel was one of my favourite styles, I too can't see why they changed it - stilettos are rubbish for active people! x

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    2. I was in Debenhams yesterday and the choice was basically flats or stilettoes. Very annoying. Though I did covet the penny loafers.

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  4. Love those booties!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  5. I remember that 2007 style! I wished so much for it to stay on my darn narrow foot, but alas... It's way nicer than the new one, for sure. They've got some beautiful styles this autumn - I was also eying up the heeled brogues, but the ones I've got my eye on are sort of dark burgundy leather. Beautiful. The bow ones I rushed out to try as soon as they were in stores, but really doesn't fit at all. So sad! x

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  6. Clarks are beautiful, comfortable, classic shoes with a little retro feel. Love the forest green, patent leather pair you linked above. And the raspberry bow pumps are hot!

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  7. I AGREE COMPLETELY I love the 2007 version. I love when brands dig into their archives to recreate a style. Good for them for recognizing that good design doesn't always have to be new design.

    Angie from reasons to dress

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  8. I also love Clarks and those oxblood boots ... ADORE! Hope you don't mind that I'm sharing this with my friend on FB who also is a big Clarks fan!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  9. My cousin has Clarks shoes and I've borrowed them from for some pictures while staying at her house. I gotta say they're the most comfortable heels ever! I wish I could buy shoes from Clarks as well, but only the largest cities here have their shops and I don't like ordering shoes from online particularly much, because I fall between 37 and 38. usually I'm 38 and some of my shoes are even 39, but when it comes to heels I'm like a 37,5 and the 38 either fits perfectly or it's way too big. I don't like returning and reordering all that much so I'd prefer buying shoes from a shop :)

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  10. I do not own a single pair of Clarks, but this black beauty could be the first! What a stylish pump.

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