In Jamaica, Clarks Originals are loved like no other brand. They are the island’s ruling style of footwear – the “champion shoes” – and it’s been that way for as long as anybody can remember.
“Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks/ Di leather hard, di suede soft, toothbrush get out di dust fast”
Vybe Kartel’s hit ‘Clarks’
Through current and historic photographs, interviews, and previously unseen archival material, and with particular focus on the Jamaican musicians who have worn and sung about Clarks Originals shoes for years, this book explores how footwear made by a Quaker firm in the small, quiet, English village of Street, Somerset, came to be the “baddest” shoes in Jamaica. Available from all good bookshops from October 16th. Author: Text by Al Fingers, images by Mark Read