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  • #16
    Re: Clarks Commandos

    Here are a couple of pictures of a pair of Clarks Commandos


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    • #17
      Re: Clarks Commandos

      Here are some pictures of a Wayfinder box
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      • #18
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        And here are some pictures of a pair of the Wayfinders in the box, you can see the animal print sole and the compass in the heel.
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        • #19
          Re: Clarks Commandos

          I eventully found the tape on which I recorded Ads Infininitum that featured a clip from the Wayfinders ad.
          The Trickster On The Roof

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          • #20
            I don't recall Wayfinders. I remember the Commando's badge and having one of those but the shoes were nothing remarkable. I went more for trainers, even at school.

            I'm reading Things ain't what they used to be by Phil Glenister. He mentions Commando's having a compass in the heel so maybe there is something in it. He also mentions wayfinders by way of the animal footprint as he can't remember the name.
            "GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER"

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            • #21
              Re: Clarks Commandos

              After seeing a picture of a box above and examining the thread on the sole of the shoe, from one of the advert drawings,i do recall getting a pair around the first form in secondary school.They were hard and nasty on my feet as i recall.I wanted a pair for ages,but by the time i got them,Punk was in the schools,and everyone wanted DM'S or Monkey Boots.A guy i knew spent months examining a picture of J.J Burnel of the Stranglers,and trying to figure out which boots he was wearing.He concluded they were Monkey Boots,and got a pair.Looking back,i cannot imagine J.J Burnel buying a pair of made for children Monkey Boots from england,when he probably bought a pair of made for adult boots from France,or somewhere else in Europe.

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              • #22
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                What were the shoes with the coloured wedge (looked like a Dairylee) beween the sole and the heel? The colour denoted your shoe width I think...
                Their light of pocket torch, of signal flare,
                Licks at the edge of unsuspected places,
                While others scan, under an arc-lamp's glare,
                Nursery, kitchen sink, or their own faces.
                -Kingsley Amis

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                • #23
                  Re: Clarks Commandos

                  That rings a bell, I remember shoes with green or red triangles on the sole.
                  The Trickster On The Roof

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                  • #24
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                    I didn't even ASK Mum for these...she bought them for me for School...I did like the chunky heel and grip on the brown pair I had but all the malarkey about them having super grip was naff as I slipped a few times on icey roads and snow....I have about 2 or 3 pairs brought for me in the 1980s and my two abiding memories of Commandos were the 'C' logo on the heel and the time the bus I was being taken back home on after school by Mum with my Sister began to stink of dog poo and we all thought it was some old woman who'd got on the bus or a little girl who'd shat herself....then it dawned on us...When we got off the bus and began walking home (to watch Dogtanian) the pong was still around......ME!!!!! I looked at my sole and lo and behold I'd only gone and trod in dog muck hadn't I so it was me stinking out the bus...Oh yes, Clarks Commandos I salute you for the mega-gripping power to hold onto dog poo...and I had to clean it off my shoe sole and heel and missed most of Dogtanian that day...!

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                    • #25
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                      My son was a pain when it came to needing new shoes - the assistants got to know him and avoided him - except for when he had a pair of commando shoes - he thought he was the bees knees till his elder brother took the mick. Still hates shoe shops now.

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                      • #26
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                        I had a pair of black school shoes with a compass in the heel and animal tracks on the sole. With a scout connection thrown in somewhere. This I know for definite. I vaguley remember a TV ad for them too. But I may be wrong. After that my memory fails....

                        I was born 1961 and had these in primary school, so pre-1972. In going down memory lane I have googeld this repeatedly. I'm completely confused..... what was I wearing? It seems there where Clark's Commandos (advertised with a cartoon strip Kit Carter) and theres' mention of pathfinders too. Also Wayfinders. But are Wayfinders Clark's? I don't think so. They took on a Space theme later with a magnet ratehr than a compass. The pix of the brown shoes dosn't quite click with me. Is it me? Are thsie shoes brown, versions of what what I was wearing, Mum usually bought Staertrite or Birthday shoes for me. I would swear in htis case, mine were clarks .
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                        • #27
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                          I reckon I have it wrong. It annoys me , I just can't rember anymore.

                          I must have been wearing Wayfinders as the pic. Sole was sxactly liek the pic. i rember teh compass glass broke with my weight on it inside a week.

                          How did that pair of shoes survive!
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                          • #28
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                            Doing more work on research here. Were Wayfinders made by Tuf?

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                            • #29
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                              I definitely remember that black and orange 'C' badge.

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                              • #30
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                                I think this thread and many otehrs I've googled are grouping several shoes together in error. maybe?? Clarks Commando's. Pathfinders, Wayfinders (by Tuf?) and Trackers. Commandos, it seems from the ads of the time did not have a compass in them. Wayfinders did. but someone will correct me I'm sure. (as I said, I'm mystified how that immaculate Wayfinder in the pic has ever survived.)

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