Mi prefer Clark’s without the label

My memory is sometimes fuzzy, but I remember in 2003 being in Hope Tavern and walking by a small souk-like cobbler’s shop. A man was making incredibly accurate  Clark’s Wallabee knockoffs and selling them for less than half you’d pay for the real thing. He even had a way of recreating the little “Clark’s” logo that appears on the heel of the shoe. I was getting a little heat at work for not having “proper shoes”, so I thought it might be an idea to get a new, inexpensive pair. Not really being too into brand name stuff, I went and asked the fellow if I could get one without the “Clark’s” logo. His response: “Absolutely not.”

All this to say, there’s a good article in the Guardian by New York’s Jesse Serwer on the recent Vybz Kartel-fueled Clark’s phenomenon. While Wallabees might be, in Kartel’s words “hotter than sulphur”, watch out, as Serwer reports that Kartel is thinking of bringing out his own brand of shoes. Hopefully he’ll advertise them better than the condoms…

or the rum…

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