Thought Clarks was all about sensible school shoes? Think again. Our fashion features editor (and flat shoe expert) Hannah got a sneak preview at next season's collections…and she liked what she saw...
Your memories of Clarks might be that it was the first place you were taken to buy school shoes (mine were navy blue with a T-bar strap). Maybe it's where your other half goes to renew his Originals Desert boots once a year. But you might not have considered it as a brilliant place to shop for shoes for yourself…until now. I've had a sneak preview of next season's collection, and I challenge you NOT to find a pair that you love in amongst this little lot. Not only are the designs great at Clarks these days, but you still get that amazing comfort and the prices are really affordable too. Here are my favourite 14 styles from Clarks for a/w2015.
1. Anniston Fudge in cognac interest leather
I'm starting with one of my very favourite styles from the Clarks mainline collection. This chunky shape is much cooler than something slimmer and more feminine, and I absolutely LOVE that contrasting colour on the vamp.
2. Orla Amelia in cocoa floral leather
The Clarks x Orla Kiely collaboration has been HUGELY successful but I'm sorry to report that next season will be the last, so snap them up while you still can! That retro ankle strap and block heel is very on trend.
3. Trigenic in wool grey felt
The Trigenic in the Originals range is a hybrid of a trainer, with that flexible rubber sole, and a moccasin, with those big blanket-style stitches. These won't be available until September, but you can get a similar pair in white right now.
4. Anniston Vale in rust leather
This is a fashion step on from the loafer that has been popular at Clarks for the past few seasons. With a slightly more almond shaped toe and that rusty red colour, they could easily be straight off the catwalk.
5. Isabella Carla in silver metallic leather
New for next season is the Clarks England range, which are all made in England. The prices will be a little higher (over £200) but you're paying for a more premium shoe. That not-too-shiny silver is just perfect, too.
6. Phenia Point in wine interest leather
I am a massive fan of Clarks Originals, and I love these slim-line shoes, which are a little more elegant than a classic desert boot or Wallabee. I'm especially keen on the slim crepe sole - there is literally nothing more comfortable than a crepe sole!
7. Empress Moon in white leather
Take it from someone who has seen a lot of next season shoes already, if there's one thing you're going to want, it's a pair of white leather boots. This monochrome take on the desert boot is an absolute winner.
8. Orla Andie in navy blue floral leather
I am already the proud owner of a pair of Clarks Orla ankle boots, so I can say with some confidence that these will not only be the most comfortable shoes you own, but will be your go-to for brightening up a simple jeans and T-shirt combo.
9. Wallamoc Trek in wine leather
LOVE LOVE LOVE these shoes, and that wine colour is a hot trend in accessories for next season. I'd wear these with chunky cords and a tank top for a touch of geography teacher chic.
10. Gabriel Candy in cognac patent combi
Now, I don't actually wear heels, but if I did this is exactly what I'd be looking for: a chunky block heel, a reassuring ankle strap, and a cool retro colour block.
11. Busby Fayre in black leather
The perfect autumn shoe; if it's still hot in September, those cut out sections will allow a little ventilation. If it's chilly, they'll look great with the addition of tights or socks.
12. Wallabee Boot in grey and white
If beige or brown wallabees make you think of Breaking Bad's Walter White, go for something a little more feminine and playful, like this pair with their cute print design.
13. Glove Candy in grey felt
Clarks is now doing a pre-fall collection, which put simply means you'll get a fresh batch of brand new styles half way through the season. These skate shoes, and a bunch of other sporty designs, will be in store in May.
14. Priddy Desert in white leather
Another take on a classic from the Originals collection, this white leather and rubber sole gives the desert boot - which celebrates its 65th birthday this year - a modern, sporty twist.
For more flat shoe styling tips, head to Hannah's blog EnBrogue.com