Catch them quick – Desert Aerial, our cool, crisp canvas twist on the classic Clarks Desert Boot, are simply delicious. The sole gets a utility lift in lightweight speckled EVA and the pretty paisley linings complete these playful summer boots. Team with high summer florals and spotless white denim, and pop on a fedora and sunnies for all-over cute coverage.
Some designs are so clean that a slight tweak is all it takes to create something new. Our Desert Aerials team the classic Desert Boot with a lightweight trainer sole and laces. Keep it simple and wear yours with chinos and a mint green linen shirt for easy summer style.
Create a new take on sports minimalism by teaming an oversized t-shirt dress with our Trigenic Flex. Already a big hit with sneaker freaks, this pioneering design is made using moccasin construction and has a three part decoupled sole that flexes with the foot. Finish your look with the Tigley Spring clutch – its clean lines will add an architectural edge to this effortless off-duty outfit.
To celebrate 65 years of the Desert Boot, we’ve teamed up with design driven accessorise brand Herschel for an exclusive collaboration. Available in navy and grey premium suede, the Herschel Desert Boot features colour-dipped lace aglets, a contrasting tumbled leather tongue and a soft chambray lining for a look that blends timeless functionality with modern design.
This season there was a white-out on the runways and now that summer has arrived this hue is good-to-go. Take a detox from clashing prints and patterns with all white sandals, backpacks kimono tops, and courts. Our Geta Block sandals feature a geisha inspired look using an ultra-lightweight cork wrapped sole – meaning they achieve that must-have chunky appearance but they’re light enough to wear on long summer days.
As part of our series on working in the fashion industry we catch up with Men’s Buyer, Fee Pearce, to find out a little more about working in buying…
How I got here…
I’ve always been creative, but to begin with my interests were in Fashion Journalism. I studied Fashion Management and then took an internship at WGSN, but found myself drawn to Buying after learning more about what it involves. I got a job in London working for an outdoor clothing company as an assistant on their Buying team and soaked up everything I could. I’ve always wanted to work for a global brand so Clarks was a natural next step for me.
My advice for breaking in to fashion…
Accept the fact it’s going to be competitive so make sure you stand out from the crowd – be passionate, deliver your best at all times (even if it’s making your boss an awesome cup of tea) and always arrive early!
Worst advice I ever got…
A difficult manager once told me I shouldn’t make any mistakes, which is ridiculous. Making mistakes is sometimes one of the best ways to learn, and as long as you’re not doing it all the time, also one of the best ways to identify how to improve a process or challenge the status quo.
The weather! Recently our seasons in the UK have been particularly unpredictable. As a Buyer it’s my job to know what the consumer is going to want from us a year from now, but in the last couple of years the weather has meant it’s been hard for us to plan for transitional points in the season. I’ve found myself asking our designers for boots in spring and canvas in autumn!
My go-to look…
Everything in my wardrobe is black at the moment! It’s easy chic. I’m a bit of a tomboy so I’m really into man-tailoring and simple sports inspired aesthetics to set off an outfit – mesh, square-cut tops and a silver chain.
What I’m wearing now….
My Trigenics look great with almost everything. I love the deconstructed sole. I always turn up my jeans when I wear them to make sure they get the attention they deserve!
The Trigenic Dune boot teams a three part decoupled sole with supple, waxy leathers for a new take on sports minimalism. The flexible construction makes them commuter-friendly and their architectural edge makes them a striking piece of footwear design – don’t just take our word for it (www.highsnobiety.com).
Whether it’s Monday morning, dress down Friday or a lazy Sunday with mates, the Desert Aerial is your new go to shoe for instant outfit impact. Based on the iconic Desert Boot but reinterpreted in perforated suede with a super lightweight sneaker sole, this versatile design can be worn with slacks in your downtime and then restyled with smart separates for work.
We’ve come a long way since the days of pinstripes and bowler hats. Workwear needs to have enough of a sartorial slant to be taken seriously – while at the same time being flexible enough to take us from work to weekend when 5 o’clock on a Friday rolls around.
These low profile Jink Desert Boots in green canvas will take the edge off summer suits or chinos and can then be worn with denim shorts when Saturday comes.
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Before the launch of the Limited Edition DOOM X Wallabee boot we talked to the super villain of hip hop about teaming up with Clarks Originals.
How did you start out?
The super villain really started out in New York. I’ve been doing music now for more than 20 years, and I’m still doing what I do – instrumentals, rhymes, trying to cover as much of the spectrum musically as I can – whilst professionally keeping it tight.
Why do you wear a mask?
This version of the mask I have had for about five years. There have been previous versions, but the idea came from me just wanting to wear a mask on stage. I started out by wearing a stocking mask at first, and then it evolved to a plastic, altered, Halloween mask, until we came up with the current bad boy.
Why did you decide to work with Clarks Originals?
Well, Clarks Originals are the classic Wallabee joints. It’s in their name – they are classics, originals. Only rich cats had these back in the day. I wasn’t really able to get a pair until recently, but ever since then they’ve been in my collection. It’s like a sneaker, but it’s still a shoe. You can flip them up. They always had a classy but casual look to them.
What was it like to make your own shoe?
Well Clarks came up with the offer, and automatically I was with it. I was trying to think how, and what, am I going to add to an original. Originals are classy joints – so I had to work out what I could do without taking away from that feel.
You are certainly a Pioneer. What similarities are there between you and Clarks Originals?
Well thank you for the compliment. I feel humble – there’s a lot of hard work that has been put into it, so it’s great that it has been appreciated. I think we’re a good fit as you’re dealing with two original concepts. I’m trying to be as different as possible with the mask and everything. No-one had ever tried it before, it was ground breaking.
It’s the same with these shoes – they stand the test of time. When you have something like that, where craftsmanship and care is put into the creation, then it tends to last a long time. That’s the true test. I think that’s also a good look for me – Clarks Originals and I both carry weight with what we do and what we do speaks for itself.
Our first ever dedicated men’s showcase has closed its doors but luckily we took some time to film the pop-up store in all its vintage glory. Located in the heart of Neal Street, Covent Garden, The Men’s Edit store hosted events with traditional shoe-shining, gourmet street food and craft beers on tap. Throw in the hand-picked edit of Clarks men’s shoes, including the ground breaking collaboration with Norton Motorcycles, and you’ve got a winning combination.
Now, on to the next one…
Two key footwear trends making their mark in AW14 are high shine leather finishes and sole detailing. A slick oxblood leather finish brings a new dimension to our iconic Desert Boots. Team yours with a blazer and jeans for a new take on office wear.
With ice soles, colour stacks and saw tooth all making an impression this year, soles are no longer just a practicality. Our utility inspired Monmart Rise boots look great with a winter print jumper, jeans and a beanie hat.
As part of London Collections: Men we gifted two of our favourite bloggers Jonathan Daniel Pryce - GarconJon.com and Iñaki Carvajal – FashionFrankly.com a new pair of kicks. Although the two styles were worlds apart both bloggers teamed them with grey monochrome – which means there must be something in it.
Jonathan’s oxblood Oxfords, red socks and gold watch popped against the grey backdrop of his fitted knit sweater and crisp slacks.
Iñaki wore his sand suede Desert London’s barefoot with grey jeans and a grey crew neck sweater. We’re all off to get some grey in our lives.
LC:M is the menswear equivalent to London Fashion Week. For emerging designers to global British brands, it kick-starts the calendar showcasing British fashion’s key collections, and SS15 was as eclectic as ever.
This year’s event featured Clarks as part of acclaimed designer and tailor Richard James’ show. Inspired by the cultural collision of the British soldier with the Sahara during the late 1930s, his Desert Rats show was a huge success. Featuring the four-pocket safari jacket, neat tailoring, plenty of khaki and olive linen and Desert Rat motifs, the show was made complete by the presence of our very own Clarks Desert Boots.
Richard told us “When I knew we needed classic desert boots, it had to be Clarks.” – We couldn’t agree more.
Whether you’re soaking up the summer at Secret Garden Party or partying hard at T in the Park – festival season is upon us. With tents, beer and folding chairs already balanced precariously on your back, you’ll want to pack light, so we’ve devised an all-weather ensemble to ensure you’re festival ready.
Statement colour chinos will help you look the part; and can be cuffed and rolled when the sun comes out. A short sleeve floral print shirt will work from day to night – and means you’ll be visible in a crowd. A pair of our Vulco Arrow Originals will help you look cool when you’re on your feet all day and our retro mini backpack is perfect for stashing a lightweight mac, festival guide and a cheeky hip flask.
Retro shades and a straw fedora will not only protect you from the rays but also complement that glitter moustache or dash of neon face paint you’ll no doubt acquire along the way. Finally you’ll have to pack your wellies, but hopefully they can remain in the tent…