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Very few men are as timeless as Clark's Desert Boot. They rank up there with the navy's peacock and costume as some of the most classic, time-tested clothing. A special form of the chukka, it is the desert boot (especially the Clarks brand) that has interfered with American culture and men's style.
Clark first introduced the Desert Boot for sale in 1949 and based them on the shape of the Chukka boot worn by British forces in the deserts of North Africa during the Second World War. This particular form of chukka boot usually has a crepe sole with suede upper (although they are available in dozens of different leather and suede tops now), themselves based on South African shoes called the Veldskoen. Since then, the humble desert support has become a staple in men's style; jeans and desert boots make an iconic pair.
The desert boot has a very simple and useful look, which makes them versatile and durable. I have owned several pairs of desert boots over the years, from the classic beeswax to brown suede. They are comfortable and cool and elegant at once. They are an excellent shoe to throw on with all clothes, especially for a guy who prefers a more relaxed yet stylish look. Essentially a shoe for all purposes, they can be worn with jeans, chinos and even suits. I've seen them worn with everything from white linen to dark navy suits (the latter pairing is more fashion-forward). I personally avoid wearing anything other than dress shoes with suits, but it can definitely be done.
I think the beeswax looks better than everyday shoes and prefers to save the softer, more delicate suede for dresser occasions. That's my personal preference, and they look great in almost any style or configuration you want.
For this reason, they are essentially an all-season shoe; Keep in mind that they are not weather resistant. Water will pass through them, so I suggest weather resistant them with some kind of spray or if you plan to wear them in the winter.
One thing to note about Clark's is that they run big, usually by about a full size. I wear size 13, and when I bought my first pair of Clark's that size they were pretty big and loose. It didn't stop me from wearing them almost every day for two years in a row, but I've since reduced to size 12. They fit much better, but are still a bit loose around the ankles. However, it has more to do with the design and shape of the boots than anything else. Wearing thick wool socks definitely helps. I've even tried 11 & # 39; s and 11.5 & # 39; s, but they were too hard for my feet. I know that the leather, especially the suede, will stretch and break over time, so if the choice becomes a little too big and a little too hard I suggest I go with the smaller pair.
Another nice advantage of the desert boot is that they are made with Goodyear wellies; when the original crepe sole is worn, they can be solved by all traditional shoemakers. Some people like to put Vibram soles on there, for extra grip. I'm a fan of the look of leather soles, which instantly transforms the shoe into an even more classic and dressier piece. You will lose the robustness and grip of the shoe, but with a little good polishing and waxing, the shoe will look good with all clothes. My first pair of desert boots lasted for two years of almost every day wear, before the crepe soles finally worn.
There is one thing about the desert; The crepe sole is very light in color, and due to the rubber's grip and structure it gets very dirty very quickly. Within the first wear, you will notice that the sole looks significantly darker and eventually turns black over time.
Another option you may want to consider, especially if you like to get dressed, is Clark's Bushacre 2 & # 39; Almost identical to the usual Clark's Desert Boot, the Bushacre has a hard rubber sole. It is both gripper than the original crepe sole, and tougher and longer, made for more outdoor use. However, it looks as good as the original, the only visible difference is the color of the sole. This rubber sole also remains much cleaner than the crepe sole, as it does not absorb nearly as much dirt.
All in all, Desert Boot is a classic and lasting addition to every outfit. If you are looking for something more relaxed than a sneaker, less bulky and sturdy than leather shoes and want something classic, try a pair. I'm in love with them. My favorite colors are Oakwood Seude, Bivax or Blue Seude for something a little more dressy.
Clark's Original Desert Boots are usually seen for an MSRP of $ 130, but can be found for about half that price at various online retailers. I usually get mine from Amazon, where they are usually within the $ 60 range and often come with free Prime Shipping and Returns.