There aren’t many brands more synonymous with traditional British footwear than Clarks Originals. Founded almost 200 years ago, it’s a brand that rarely needs any introduction. Their Desert Trek Shoe - alongside the Wallabee - is arguably their most iconic and it’s this silhouette that’s been reworked for AW19.
Teaming up with Dutch brand Patta, the pair bring us two fresh variations of the Desert Trek. The shoe is a cult icon with a left-field base, and a firm favourite amongst the Patta crew. Affectionately called the “Bank Robber” by Jamaicans (due to the trekman logo image on the shoe), the Desert Trek features in numerous unforgettable images worn by the island’s past and present legends.
For Patta co-founder Guillaume Schmidt, raising awareness surrounding Jamaica’s role in endorsing that particular style was an important element. “I don’t really think people are aware of this role. We see it as our mission to put certain things into perspective and this collaboration is our opportunity to do so.”
Inspired by the everyday but still a boastful style adopted by Jamaicans, Patta opted for crispy white and black colourways, with exquisite butter soft leather, patent leather side panels and contrast stitching for a more rudeboy ska and punk feel.
The Patta x Clarks Originals Desert Trek will be available in-store at Patta London, Amsterdam and online from Friday 23rd August. They’ll also be available at Berwick Street and selected retailers from 31st August.
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