Collaborations are two a penny in this current climate and such saturation means that it’s very rare to see a project to even get excited about or one that truly embodies the ethos of the 2 (or more) parties involved. The Maycliffe Mule is the result of a debut partnership between Clarks and NY brand Rebels To Dons — more specifically their designer Joshua Joseph — with an overarching Ronnie Fieg (KITH 8th Street) co-sign.
It’s a well-known fact that Clarks and the Caribbean go hand in hand with the British footwear brand being a firm favorite amongst locals across the isles, as well as immigrants who ventured to the U.S in the 70s and 80s bringing with them a distinctive new style. This was the main inspiration that Trinidad-born Joseph took when reimagining the Maycliffe into a mule, honoring the two places (Trinidad and New York) that shaped him as a designer and at the same time becoming the first Caribbean-born designed to create his own Clarks silhouette.
The shoe itself features a full natural tan nubuck leather upper sat on top of that iconic crepe outsole with a few levels of personalization being offered in the form of two removable fringed straps — one in tan that matches the upper, the other in a nubuck brun — that can be swapped or layered together. The Maycliffe is already strong but this mule iteration coupled with the myriad of ways it can be worn really make this a contender for shoe of the year.