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Alongside its typically tasteful takes on technical gear, Poliquant’s SS25 collection preview in Paris included two custom Clarks shoes that are both experimental and concept-driven. 

Poliquant has reimagined two of Clarks’ most famous models, the Wallabee and Desert Trek, with the theme of “beautification over time.” 

Both beige-hued shoes have a clear resin coat added to the upper creating uneven patches where the fabric is more glossy. This is added to give the shoes a worn-in look that will become more prominent over time with wear and tear. 

Being a function-focused brand, Poliquant also switched the regular laces for drawstring laces normally found on outdoor trail shoes — a small utilitarian touch. The collaboration also comes with an extra eyelet for the laces added to both pairs. 

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It’s not yet clear whether this is an official collaboration, Poliquant describes it as a “custom project,” however, the sneakers will be available to shop next year as part of the Japanese brand’s spring/summer 2025 collection. 

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Not the only pair of custom Clarks that were on view in Paris during fashion week, fellow niche designer JiyongKim created 1-of-1, sunbleached Clarks that were available to view in his showroom. 

And this collaboration (or, custom project) has a similar appeal to that of JiyongKim’s: it is classic footwear upgraded with an artisanal twist.

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