Ever since I bought the Tri Alexia, and fell in love with them, I have eagerly anticipated the arrival of the autumn Trigenic shoes from Clarks. I love autumn shoes, there’s more to them than a few straps and so more room for creativity and awesomeness. In fact, I’ve not anticipated something as much as this as when the Harry Potter books were being written, and on release day I would wait by my door, kiss the postman, and lock myself away with supplies of tea and toast, barely sleeping until I had read it (yes, I’m a loser, I’m OK with that).
However, unlike Harry Potter, on seeing the new Trigenic collection, the main emotion I have felt towards it is ‘underwhelm’ as the shoes are just not all that exciting. Still, I thought, maybe they’ll be better in the flesh, so I went down to my local Clarks shop to once again bemuse the shop assistants by trying everything on.
First up was Tri Abby, which can be described thus (from the website) “sleek profile mixes tactile leathers with beautiful laser etched detailing for added interest, while the navy leather contrasts with the white sole unit to provide that classic nod to athleticism”
Now, these had some really nice detailing in the leather on the toe, it really did feel like snakeskin, but when I tried them on, I didn’t really like them.
They look OK from the side, but from the top, the toe is too rounded, which admittedly may be good if you have arthritis in your toes. Maybe I’ve been wearing my Adidas Gazelles too much, but I think my feet look like toddler feet in these shoes. They are light, wonderfully feather-light, but I really didn’t like the look of them.
So next up were the Tri Nia, these come in black, tan, and an aubergine snake-effect, which looked very nice on the shelf:
Again, I wasn’t immediately taken with these, although I preferred these to the Tri Abby because they were more elegant.
I liked the shape of these better from the top; interestingly, there’s no tongue, there’s a sock-like stretchy inner, and this makes it a bit of a faff to put on (though not anything like the Adidas NMD), and I like the little details like the lace tips. However, I didn’t really like these from the side:
They weren’t awful, and they were just as light and comfortable as the other Trigenic flex shoes, they just weren’t so exciting that I would part with £70 for them. I’d rather buy a pair of non-Trigenic brogues, and I think that might be the Nia’s problem: the shoe doesn’t really go with the sole. I much preferred the Tri Angel moccasins from last winter, which are now back in stock if you missed them the first time round:
Still looking pretty cool, and they really are incredibly comfortable.
So, hopefully Clarks will bring some more designs out over the winter. I’m actually most taken with the children’s editions of the Trigenic shoes (because why should the grown-ups have all the floaty light shoes?)
It’s not all disappointment though, while I was in Clarks I spotted some really nice brogues, so I am planning on returning and checking those out ASAP (a sneak preview here if you can’t wait! Gold! Very Olympian)