A great man's influence can be felt in the most random places: Napoleon somehow informed a rich, custard-filled pastry, and Prince Albert unwittingly inspired the most horrible thing known to man. Now, an unlikely bunch of luminaries have landed on your feet, with Clae's fall line. Based in SoCal, Clae's latest encompasses 12 classily unique kicks, each named for men whose actions and ideas changed the world while you sat back and ate box after box of Fruity Pebbles. Some models honor great artists: the low-top, full-grain leather "Diego" is a salud to the handsomely fat, politically uncompromising muralist Diego Rivera, while the oiled-leather, Velcro-strapped "Miles" represents the singular ability to remain iconoclastic while covering Cindy Lauper ballads. Philosophical influences run the gamut: the canvas/leather wingtip "Whitman" has the look of a prosaic riverbed, while the slip-on "Garvey" can liberate you from ever having to tie a knot again. Still other shoes stretch the Great Man pantheon, from the desert-boot "McQueen" to the hi-top "Russell" to the Velcroe'd, boat-friendly "Cousteau," honoring the man who once said "A lot of people attack the sea, I make love to it" -- considering he practically lived in the water, you can be sure his influence can be felt everywhere.
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