The Clarks Desert Boot is a men’s footwear staple, and for good reason. The simple, crepe-soled shoes are a versatile fashion accessory and can be worn with anything in your closet. With leather uppers and soft suede, the Clarks Desert Boot is an absolute must-have for any gentleman’s closet.

The Desert Boot, made with premium suede from the renowned Charles F. Stead tannery in Leeds, England, is transformed with warm autumnal colourways. From deep emerald to nut brown, the Desert Boot is available in an array of colours – a timeless classic for winter.

The Clarks Desert Boot is the original desert boot. Its timeless silhouette has been copied by many but never bettered. For decades, the Clarks Original logo in the foot bed and the official on-shoe tab labeled “Clarks The Original Desert Boot” have been symbols of originality and constant reminders of one man’s vision that ultimately sparked a footwear revolution.

While stationed in Burma with the British Army, Nathan Clark noticed many off-duty officers wearing simple suede boots with crepe soles. He learned the boots come from a bazaar in Cairo. The officers, looking for a comfortable option that could survive the harsh desert conditions, had them specially made. Inspired, Clark sent prototype clippings along with drawings back home to the village of Street in Somerset, convinced a version of this boot could be a new signature model for his family’s shoe business.

Deep Green - R2,790.00

Nut Brown - R2,790.00


Clark sourced only the finest materials and shoemakers to transform his idea into reality, a principle Clarks still stands by. Clark then incorporated the stitch-down construction into the Desert Boot prototype used in other styles but used an orange thread to further distinguish the boot. Additionally, at a time when most men’s shoes were made from stiff, formal leather, Nathan opted for beige suede from a nearby tannery, Charles F. Stead. The colour of the suede closely resembles sand – subtly referencing the boot’s desert origins – a classic that has stood the test of volatile fashion trends throughout the years, and continues to be a staple shoe throughout the year.

Multicolour Suede - R2,790.00

Dark Navy Suede - R2,790.00

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