Clarks Desert Boots Review
The Clarks Desert boot is an iconic boot which was inspired by the WWII experiences of Nathan Clark. Though not initially accepted in the UK, these boots were a great hit in the US. They were sold exclusively in the US until the world saw how great these boots were as a casual addition to every man’s wardrobe.
While not as versatile as some other chukka boots, the Clarks Desert boot is a comfortable, soft boot that pairs perfectly with denim. This boot is crafted with quality materials and is manufactured well. A great boot to add to your collection.
If you are torn between the Clarks Bushacre and the Clarks Desert boot, here’s a quick rundown of the notable differences. The obvious difference is the cost. The Bushacre is usually under $100, while the Desert boot ranges above $100 and sometimes costs nearer to $200, depending on the style you choose.
The Bushacre is made with a durable rubber sole. This can have benefits of lasting in more variable weather and if you find yourself doing a lot of walking in your everyday life. The crepe sole of the Desert boot is what was so interesting about the boot’s design when it was first created. The crepe sole is soft and shock-absorbent, but it also retains pigmentation, so you won’t be able to get marks out of the sole.
The good news is that these are relatively easy to re-sole, and this will be more cost effective than buying a new pair. Though you shouldn’t need to be re-soling them for at least five years.
One of the last notable differences is the lining. The Bushacre has a synthetic lining, which can be less breathable but is more waterproof. The Desert boot has a leather lining, so your feet won’t get sweaty and will be comfortable. However, you don’t want to get these wet as they have next to no water resistance without being treated with a waterproofing product. Crepe has a lot less grip than rubber, so you need to watch your step.
Making a commitment to an expensive boot when you’re not well-versed in shoes can be confusing and overwhelming. A great place to start is with the Clarks Desert boot. With a long history as a well-loved shoe, the Desert boot is an affordable, casual shoe.
Made with affordable materials and manufactured in Vietnam, the Desert boot should last you up to a decade. While not Goodyear Welted, the process of stitching is still durable and can be easily re-soled. The upper leather is good quality so even as the crepe sole wears down, you can get it replaced to keep your beloved boots functional, because if you care for the leather it will last you a very long time.
These shoes won’t be for you if you’re often in the rain or snow as they are quite hard to waterproof. They last the longest in dry climates and will keep your feet relatively warm during spring and autumn but may not be the best option if you live where the winters are particularly harsh.
If you decide on the Desert boots in waxed leather, you’ll have a much easier time maintaining the appearance of the boot over the suede style. This leather is not that different from your other leather shoes but, due to the price point, the leather is not as soft and is slightly lesser in quality than more expensive boots.
Using a standard leather cleaning routine is advisable to maintain the appearance and durability of your Clarks Desert boots. I like to clean the exterior with a damp sponge and leather solution. Be sure to allow the leather to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.
Apply a leather oil with a gentle cloth and carefully buff the oil in with a buffing brush. Once the oil is carefully applied, you can add leather protector to aid in protecting against the elements, especially against water.
Unfortunately, the crepe sole is not able to be completely cleaned. It will be a beige tone at first but the more you wear these boots, the darker they will become. When you have decided to re-sole your boots you can try for a different type of sole if you’re wanting to spend more money and experiment with the aesthetic of the boot.
Not a boot generally worn in a more formal sense, most wearers pair these Desert boots with jeans and styled in a casual way. This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them with slacks or chinos. It’s even possible to wear shorts, just be precise with the look you are going for, so it doesn’t look odd. A light blazer over a button up shirt is one way to wear these boots in a moderately formal way during the warmer months.
Due to the Desert boots not being too durable in wet weather, it’s best to work these boots into outfits during the less rainy seasons. They look especially nice during autumn, and the darker tone of the wax leather coordinates perfectly with the seasonal tones of that time of year.
The casual appearance of the Desert boot makes it perfect for your everyday activities. Layering a sweater and jacket on top of jeans meshes perfectly with the silhouette of the Desert boot. Autumn is also the time to experiment with different hats and scarves, and these boots will complete your outfits in a way which ads a timeless touch.