Author: Al Fingers (Alex Newman)
Publisher: One Love Books
Publication Date: November 19, 2012
Clarks in Jamaica is an extraordinary book, jam-packed with pictures, quotes and historical perspectives, documenting the long-standing infatuation/love/obesssion that Jamaican’s have with Clarks. Sporting a pair of Clarks in Jamaica is akin to wearing a pair of Made in USA NB M1300’s in Japan: it signifies class, elegance, cool, style and above all else, success. Al Fingers paints the history of Clarks in the West Indies, starting from their initial introduction in 1911 by Colonel Henry Emerson (a failed attempt) to the more successful efforts by Nathan & Co, to their significance on the feet of the Rudeboys in the 1960’s and 70’s, to the ‘pilgrimages’ Jamaican reggae artists made across the Atlantic into England and so much more.
Sneakerature’s Take: This book highlights just how important Clarks are within Jamaican Culture, and more specifically, Jamaican music culture. From inspiring songs to signifying success, style and coolness, Clarks hold a significance and status that crosses well into reverance. Above all else, Fingers does a magnificent job of showing how the shoes a man or woman wears can signify and represent so many important things.