Even whilst on tour with the Royal Army Service Corps, Nathan Clark seeks inspiration – it’s in his blood. The off-duty kit of his comrades is of interest, particularly a boot constructed in the bazaars of Cairo from only a handful of components. Nathan cut a pattern for the footwear by hand and took his ‘Desert Boot’ home to England.
Undeterred by the initial dismissal of his designs back at Clarks headquarters in Somerset, Nathan took his creation to America. At the Chicago Shoe Fair, with the help of belly dancers and a tonne of real sand, Nathan unveiled the Clarks Desert Boot. This spectacle captured the attention of the press but it was the beautiful simplicity of the Desert Boot that retained it.
The Clarks Desert Boot was launched and the face of fashion was altered. Thanks to the purity of its form the Clarks Desert Boot is perennial. Loved by Hollywood stars and mods, rappers and indie kids alike; it’s a rare constant in a world of shifting fads and phases.
The Birth of an Icon
The Desert Boot became an icon of rebellion for the Parisian students of ‘68, a fashion icon to the Mods, and a symbol of status to the Reggae generation of Jamaica. The shoe that to this day stands as an icon of style. Often imitated. Never bettered.
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