Salute Le Boot
I fondly remember the early 1990’s as a time when I was experimenting with baggy pants, silk jackets and being the first to wear Patrick Ewing trainers to my school in south London. However, I will never forget a crazy faze where stylish London teenage boys were captivated by Clarks Original Desert boots. With its popularity again on the rise the desert boot trend is not to be missed in 2012.
These suede boots were so popular back in the early 90’s that yours truly had three pairs at the time. In fact I wore more than one colour at a time. Wearing one red desert boot and one black desert boot (or olive depending on my mood) showed the other kids you were not working-class. I hoped that such dillusions of grandeur would prove to my peers that I was at the very least a trendsetter in the making.
A Military History
During a visit to Burma Nathan Clark noticed the officers in the Eighth Army had discovered that these tidy boots were hard-wearing and durable, but also light weight and very comfortable. Clark found that the boots were being made and sold in the bazaars in Cairo. Upon his return to England, Clark recreated the shoe (Clarks Original Desert Boot) and it has gone on to receive icon status ever since – for this reason we salute it.
Spring Marches In
With spring marching in now is the perfect time to wear such a comfortble and relaxed shoe. The Clarks Original Desert boot perfectly fits the bill, especialy with spring / summer friendly fabrics such as suede and an ever increasing assortment of colours and prints.
How to Wear
Clarks Original Desert boot are very practical and can be worn with almost any outfit. Some argue that the desert boot can be worn with a suit. These supporters feel that a great composition is struck between the the formal suit against and the casual dessert boot. Personally, I feel the desert boot looks best with rolled-up slightly loose jeans or chinos baring one’s ankles.
I Almost Forgot The Ladies
Clarks Original Dessert boots, with its military association, has always been a boot aimed at the chaps. However, in recent years Clarks have ensured they have made some feminine prints. Here are a few which we liked: