I am not ashamed to say that I dig my new pair of shoes from Clarks. They are so anti-fashion and pragmatic for Scottish spring/autumn/winter (ie the 50 week wet season) and, as such, are/were a must-buy for me... especially after my second hand (foot) Timberlands died... and my suede Hush Puppies are leathal in wet weather (aka those 50 weeks again).
I do, however, see a couple of trends here...
- If you buy Clarks Originals (Wallabees, Desert Treks, Desert Boots etc) you are more likely to get seduced by their "old man" selection of shoes... than their trendy new styles.
- "Old man style" - Clarks, cardigans, flat caps, Tweed jackets etc - has an anti-fashion spirit about it that is akin with the rise in popularity of outdoor gear - Goretex jackets, Merrell shoes, Nike ACG, fleeces etc - and "workwear" - Carhartt, Dickies, Timberlands etc. Its about comfort, functionality, practicality, value, timelessness and cocking-a-snoot to the abstract transience of "trendy".
Oh and "trendy" is such a relative abstract... what is "trendy" anyway?
They are for work... not play.
Picture posted with LifeCast... random inane drivel added later.