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Clarks Desert Boots

No piece of footwear gives off an air of nonchalant cool quite like a pair of desert boots. Their simplistic, daresay minimalist style has been a perennial favourite since their inception in 1949, their distinctive crepe sole setting them apart from both casual and formal styles of the time. Easy to wear, comfortable and effortlessly stylish, they’re the perfect go-to shoe for any occasion, and are always a wise investment. But, as with any classic style, it can sometimes be a struggle to figure out how to work them into your wardrobe. Not to worry! Aphrodite are here with some style tips for a little inspiration.

Clarks Originals Desert Boots

A Little History

The desert boot is such a ubiquitous and timeless style today that it’s hard to imagine that it was considered a radical design when it was introduced by British shoe maker Clark’s in 1949. The famous origin story of the desert boot goes like this: Nathan Clark, great-grandson of one of the brand’s founders, was stationed in Burma with the British Army, where he was taken by the casual suede boots worn by some of the off-duty officers. After finding out they were purchased from a street market in Cairo, he sent some diagrams and hastily-constructed models back home to England. Clark’s then debuted their desert boots at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1949, where they were told “It will never sell!” Suffice it to say, that wasn’t the case: 68 years and over ten million pairs later, the Clark’s desert boot is one of the most popular shoes of all time.

How to Wear Desert Boots

Casual Perfection

So you have your brand-spanking new pair of desert boots, now you need inspiration on how to wear them. To kick off our style guide we’ll take a look at the classic way to wear such an iconic style: as a happy medium between a smart shoe or brogue, and a casual trainer. Their slender profile and mid-height ankle lend themselves perfectly to being worn with a pair of slim jeans or chinos teamed with a slim white tee, polo or a casual shirt. Whether for a night out with mates, a first date or just weekend lazing, a desert boot in suede or beeswax leather is a quick fix to sharpen up your casual look.

Celebs Wearing Desert Boots

Street Style

While the desert boot has long been a staple in the smart-casual menswear uniform, there are plenty of alternative ways to wear it within different silhouettes or styles. On the more casual, street-ready end of the spectrum, the desert boot works as a great alternative to sneakers with a more relaxed pair of jeans or work-style trousers in earthy shades like olive. Roll your hems up a little to keep things crisp or just leave them as-is; the timeless shape stays stylish either way, so the choice is yours. If you ever feel like you’re growing out of wearing trainers all the time, or just want to sharpen up your street look without the bulk of a work or hiking style boot, then give the desert boot a try; they retain the comfort and hard-wearing nature of your favourite trainers while adding an extra twist of low-key sophistication.

Kanye Wearing Desert Boots

A Formal Twist

At the opposite extreme, the Clarks Originals Desert Boot is also a great way to add your own touch of laid-back personality to your business or evening wear. The classic beeswax leather or cola suede finishes make the perfect match for a less-formal navy or charcoal suit with a crisp white shirt as a base, with or without a tie (occasion permitting!)

Beckham Wearing Clarks Desert Boot


Wearing boots with shorts might sound like an eccentric choice, but that’s actually how they were first worn — as part of the British Army uniform in the warm, humid climate of Burma. The look still works perfectly well today as part of a casual look for the warmer weather. The lighter suede styles are ideal to wear with shorts and no (or no-show) socks, teamed with a simple plain or striped tee or button-down shirt.


Part of the desert boot’s appeal is in its soft suede construction, keeping it a lighthearted alternative to more formal boot styles. But as any footwear aficionado knows, keeping suede looking clean day to day can be a nightmare. Personally, we think the desert boot looks just as good with a bit of wear and tear, but if you prefer the box-fresh look, spray before first use with a suede protector such as Crep Protect. This not only protects from every day dirt and grime, but has the added benefit of preventing the dreaded ‘denim bleed’ – the blue stains left behind on suede through prolonged contact with the indigo dyes in raw denim. Otherwise, just wear them and enjoy them! Read more about how to use Crep Protect on our blog including a useful video tutorial.

Suede Clarks Desert Boot

Clarks Originals Brand Guide

Celebrating the traditional and infamously illustrious history of one of Britain’s most cherished footwear brands, Clarks Originals shoes are a homage to style that has come to pass, but manages to remain as relevant to your style now as it was in its heyday.
With iconic styles that have been worn by some of the most iconic youth cultures and fashion movements in British history, Clarks Originals give you the platform to extend your look beyond fashion, and into timeless style that transcends decades of infamous design.

Clarks Originals Logo

Perhaps a truly cherished home grown brand due to its longevity and memorable history, the Clarks brand originates from the 1800’s, when two brothers invented the sheepskin slipper in a sleepy village in Somerset.  The hard wearing casual style stuck, and by 1842, the Clark brothers were producing over 1000 pairs a month as demand for their slippers grew nationwide. By this point, the likes of factories and mechanical production didn’t even exist, so to keep up with demand, nearly the whole village of Street were employed to craft the Clark brothers famed ‘Brown Petersburg’ slippers. Business boomed until recession swept the country in 1863. All of a sudden, the Clarks brand began to falter. The two brothers took a loan to save their beloved company, only to be told by the men behind their salvation that they must step down and allow one of their sons to take the reins of the Clarks empire.
William Clark stepped in, introducing Singer sewing machines to the business. The machinery was revolutionary at the time, and a huge gamble-which paid off with great prosperity as the label began to flourish once again, as it released one of Clarks most cherished innovations; the Hygienic footwear range, which featured the first ever shoes that were designed to fit the shape of the foot. Fashion moved forwards, and so did Clarks. With the times moving to make stylish footwear more and more important, Clarks developed, increasing their production through factories and assembly lines.
When war hit Great Britain, Clarks’ factories were used to create torpedoes. With raw materials like leather and rubber becoming rationed, Clarks were the first company to pioneer wooden soles on shoes, ensuring that the nation remained austerely stylish.
The decades following the war were of real significance to Clarks. The people of Great Britain had never experienced such freedom. They were travelling to new places and embracing new experiences; and they desperately needed new footwear to take them there.

Clarks responded, opening their first flagship store on London’s Regent Street and introducing brand new materials to their production lines, as well as styles such as the now beloved desert boot in 1950.N ow one of the most iconic footwear styles ever created, the Desert boot was the design of one of the original Clark brothers ancestors; Nathan Clark. Drawn in 1949, the Desert boot was the first ever casual shoe made, and took its inspiration from a crepe soled, rough suede boot that was sold in a Cairo bazaar to off duty British Army officers.

Clarks Originals Desert Boots

It was this crepe sole that became the basis of some of Clarks (and now Clarks Originals) most sought after styles. One of the best natural shock absorbers and water repellents, the material used for the crepe sole is completely recyclable and natural, making it one of the most sustainable materials used in any piece of production.Similarly, all of the suede used on the Clarks Desert boot is sourced from the original supplier of the style released n 1950- a tannery named Charles F. Stead, which has been crafting fine materials since 1893.
Thanks to the intimate attentions that Clarks have paid to their designs, their name became synonymous with classic craftsmanship, style and quality, as it became the footwear brand of choice for a huge majority of the fashion forward community.
The Clarks Originals label has since become an extension of this iconic brands fine past, preserving some of their greatest styles to ensure that they forever remain, as they deserve to be, pillars of timeless style. With updates on traditional Clarks styles, the Clarks Originals range protects the unique look that Clarks has always stood for.

With Clarks now becoming an international label and the fourth largest footwear brand on the planet, taking their iconic classic silhouettes to every corner of the globe, Clarks Originals ensures that the brands deep rooted heritage is never forgotten, by providing the same time tested and cherished look that gained them so much acclaim during their early years.

Wrote by Sarah Kearney

Pretty Green Desert Boots Re-Stocked

Pretty Green Desert Boots

Pretty Green Desert Boots

Clarks Originals have led the way with their unmistakable Desert Boots over the past few years and their success has not gone unnoticed in the fashion industry. Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green brand introduced a similar style of Desert Boot this season and was an instant hit with our customers with the boots selling out very fast. Crafted from a luxurious suede upper, this mid boot comes with a branded Pretty Green tab and a comfortable sole unit.

We have managed to secure another delivery of Pretty Green Desert Boots which have arrived today and are available in-store in our Sunderland shop and online. The boots are priced at £85.00 and are available in both brown and black.  Click here to shop our Pretty Green collection.

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Clarks Originals Desert Boots

With a style that is distinctly individual, Clarks have become a national treasure; supplying the country with fashionable footwear since the 1800’s. Having become a stalwart of Great British fashion, Clarks boots were a wardrobe staple for a host of youthful fashion movements throughout our eclectically stylish past, with Clarks Desert Boots dominating a host of looks. Paying homage to Clarks boots, the Clarks Originals range relives the styles of some of the famed brands most iconic designs, giving anyone with a throwback style the chance to achieve an authentic, heritage inspired ensemble, using some of the original elements that their stylish predecessors put to infamously good use.

The Clarks Originals Desert Boot, finished in classically timeless cola coloured suede are the perfect example of how to easily work a Clarks boot style into an everyday look. Finished in a subtle colour that will sit well with any coloured denim; these Clarks boots follow the instantly recognisable desert boot silhouette.

Often heralded as the ultimate boot thanks to its versatility in a diverse range of looks, the Clarks Desert boot is reminiscent of 60’s mod styling, and more recently, as a stalwart of a sharp looking skinny jean generation.

Coming in a range of finishes, including sleek, plush leather, the Clarks Desert boot is a true representation of a golden age of fashion, and has become a firm favourite with the modern man, who trusts Clarks boots to provide the very best in unparalleled quality, comfort and timelessly cool fashion.

Clarks Originals Beeswax

Pretty Green Returns For Spring Summer 2014

Pretty Green have made a much waited comeback this season, with a range of jackets, t-shirts, polos, shirts and footwear perfect for the up and coming months. The brand which was founded in 2009 by Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher, is famous for carrying it’s retro inspired clothing.

When starting up the brand Gallagher stated “there’s a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear.” With that he started working on the brand which is made up of both casual and smart clothing fitting Liam’s trademark style.

From this season’s collection, Pretty Green’s take on the Desert Boot has proven to be extremely popular both in-store and online. They are available in both black and chocolate, and resemble the Mod style shoe which contributes to the retro inspiration of the collection.

Pretty Green Desert Boots

It’s no surprise that Pretty Green’s signature paisley print has made an appearence throughout the new collection. Whether it’s the detailed lining of the leather Addison jacket, or the all over vibrant print of the Merton shirt, these pieces certainly stand out from the crowd.

Pretty Green Clothing

Not forgetting the Felton jacket, which was worn by Gallagher himself at Ibiza Rocks 2013. The jacket is available in red, green and grey and is perfect for the mild conditions.

Pretty Green Felton JacketIt’s safe to say that this seasons collection of Pretty Green is headed to be a huge success, especially with those customers who like to be individual and make a statement with their style.  Browse the current season’s stock so far in our Pretty Green section

Samantha Carruthers is an Online Editor at Aphrodite. Find her on Google+