Men name their children grandly in order to give them something to live up to -- T.I. crowned his son "King", while that Jersey guy dubbed his son "Adolf Hitler Campbell", obviously hoping he'd become the next Soup Nazi. Hoping their shoes go on to great things, Clae
An early pioneer of the hybridized "shoeker" (dress shoe style/sneaker comfort), Clae's spring '09 kicks (two new designs and 13 upgrades, all in brighter colorways) are named for a range of historically great men so disparate, it even includes Jacques Cousteau. The brand-newness includes the tennis-minded, low-top canvas and leather-detailed "Kennedy" (Caribbean-green, navy, and sage), and the Raoul Duke-inspired "Thompson", in solid ruby red, white, or black, with a smooth, simple front, leather interior, and an athletic heel for fleeing giant lizards. Updates're highlighted by the high-top "Russell" (now in white, gravel, & pavement), with classic hoops-styled leather lining and a custom-molded foot cushion; mid-tops like the rubber-sole, leather/suede "McQueen" (in concrete gray, camel tan, and eggplant); and the leather and nylon "Rollins", with gold string loops and jazzy new colors like grape and the not-bright "black black" -- either a reference to the saxophonist's famously outspoken politics, or his preferred cocktail of Maxwell House and gooey 1950s Mexican heroin
Other re-upped designs range from the understated full-leather "Langston" (black, umber), to the flashy, low-top leather and canvas "Whitman" -- named for Walt, who is considered "the father of free verse", which sounds uncontroversial now, but back in the day it certainly raised a fuhrer.