The Original Clarks Desert Boot Since 1950
From the moment the Clarks Desert Boot arrived in 1950, it was an icon. Lovingly crafted using the stitchdown construction method, the Desert Boot is made from the finest, heavyweight suede from English tannery Charles F. Stead. Sitting on top of a crepe rubber sole – using rubber that’s sustainably tapped by hand – the result is a clean and elegant design that offers signature levels of comfort. Revolutionising footwear for the modern era, the Desert Boot is the first in a family of unconventional Clarks Originals shoes. The classic that sets the standard.
This spring/summer season, we’re updating the men’s Desert Boot with grey/blue, terracotta red and an off-white, hexagon-embossed suede. For women, we’re using a light blue nubuck, pale green and navy suede, and a snakeskin-effect embossed leather in striking white.
Originals in Time
Revolutionary. Timeless. Iconic. In 1950, the Clarks Desert Boot set off a chain of events that has resulted in a rich lineage of unconventional rebel shoes – each one bearing the maverick DNA of its forefather. Travel 65 years back in time and trace the origins of our most loved shoes.
DESERT BOOT - 1950
Designed by Nathan Clark in 1949, the original Clarks Desert Boot was inspired by the rough suede boots made for British Eighth Army officers in Cairo’s bazaar. The beauty of the shoe lies in its simplicity: we haven’t changed a thing in 65 years.
WALLABEE - 1960s
Controversial like the Desert Boot, Lance Clark’s mystery-shrouded project was originally called the Grashopper. Revered for its moccasin construction and the quality of its heavyweight English suede and leather, it’s a perennial favourite of Brit Poppers and cult rappers. Nearly 50 years on, it’s still an Originals classic.
DESERT TREK - 1972
First named the Six Toes because of its wide Nature Form last, the Desert Trek is instantly recognisable by its central seam and Trek man branding – affectionately dubbed the Bankrobber by Clarks Originals fans in Jamaica.
NATALIE - 1980
Sharing the Desert Boot’s crepe sole, the Natalie was released in 1980 and took inspiration from the most unlikely of sports: Curling. A completely unexpected shoe with unique aesthetics, this was a Clarks Originals shoe through and through.
LUGGER - 1983
The Lugger was the Wallabee’s spiritual successor. It was known as the ‘one piece shoe’ thanks to its unconventional, non-centred lacing system. And its defining feature? The Cornish pasty-like seam. Launched in 1983, the Lugger was only available for a few seasons, before it was resurrected by Clarks Originals in 1999. Truly inimitable.
TRIGENIC FLEX - NOW
Our latest innovation, the Trigenic Flex was inspired by the Clarks Hygienic range – a revolutionary Victorian concept that focused on the foot’s natural form. The Trigenic Flex features a 3-part decoupled Vibram sole and an asymmetrical last and lacing system. With a hand whipstitched moccasin construction, it’s the perfect fusion of innovative technology and classic Clarks design.