|Joli Ruffle summer sandals by Clarks-available now ($94.99)|
words/images Judith Ecochard
CLARKS nicely bridges the gap between fashion/function---judging by the selections on display at the recent media preview for Fall 2012.
|Desert Trooper Boot|
|Desert Boot-in brown/red|
---on the signature plantation crepe sole lace-up Wallabees-inspired by a moccasin, and Desert boots inspired by the Brits' army kickers.
PLUS very urban friendly shoes---proving Clarks has grown by leaps and bounds, design wise---while maintaining its value proposition of materials and craftsmanship. And from what we hear, legendary retail service.
|Soho Houston -women's|
|Suomi Guide-in oiled leather|
Handsome additions to the Clarks owned Bostonian as well as its own offerings---men will appreciate the value of these well made shoes---that make dress for work...at least from the ankle down...easy.
|Loyal Soul pump-with cushioning footbed|
|rugged outsole---in a dressy shoe is subtle and practical.|
|Society Gown-in black suede|
|Kilty platform loafer---dress/trouser friendly|
|Pursuit Life-nice-grey with a coral pop of color|
|Wave Cliff in tan leather-hiker chic|
ACTIVE WEEKEND for women-OUT and ABOUT for men's-is a sporty take on casual shoes that work for do it in a day chive endeavors.
|Ruckus Maker combines popular mix of tough canvas and leather-with rubber outsole with toe guard|
|Arctic Adventure boot (far right), Wave Trek (front) lifestyle sneaker|
Men's boots really are handsome---and Clarks manages to get the fusion of work/hike/equestrian influences just right-not overdone, just practical and handsome-with all the comfort features that guys buy the brand for---and value priced.
|Norse Chelsea (right) Burns Fast (middle)|
|Ruckus Fracus-nucbuc leather and water resistant canvas upper|
With a bit of heel height, women's looks are equally as contemporary and comfortable.
|Heath Harrier-far left and Heath Wren middle right, Heath Woodlark -right|
|Majorca Sun---lug sole and lined---|
|faux fur---Majorca Sun =warm|
|Medway Track=men's asymmetric zipper makes this lace-up easy on/off|
|Trolley Twirl platform with suede cuff-horsebit buckle- is top pick. Nice.|
|Alpine Andi-takes the hiker lace-up eyelets and playfully moves to the back of the upper|
|Mullin Spice in burnished brown leather|
|Denton Sand-equestrian style pull-on boot|
Shoes, shoes, shoes....women's pumps remind us of a lot of the 70's era heels-not too thick but stable---and we think that those who only think of Clarks Originals---would be pleased with these on trend efforts.
|treaded rubber andleather outsoles-something we see on more expensive shoes|
|Charlie Brogue-menswear inspired-for women|
|Tempt Allure in suede with patent strap-|
|Loyal Heart-gold tip ties|
|Society Ball-details on upper heel takes the pump from plain pretty to sophisticated|
|Charmed Bow-ballet style with a slight heel|
|Trolly Roll-on a slight wedge-with cushioned breathable footbed|
|Erixon Chance-on top of Burns Easy-men's|
Priced $69-$150 (good, right?)