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.
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.
Embrace your inner mod by teaming our Darning Top boot with a cropped Harrington jacket. This suede style can be worn laced up high and close to the ankle with skinny cords or even a suit. Alternatively fold them down for a casual option that exposes your socks – adding another dimension to your look.
Featuring a stacked leather sole, Goodyear welted construction and heritage detailing on the sole our Edward Style brogues exude class. With shoes this attractive you can keep your outerwear simple. A tailored jacket complete with pocket square, crisp white shirt and black jeans. As we head into spring invest in some invisible socks to create a barefoot look.
We caught up with our trends analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver, for his take on our new collections and what it’s like to assess the fashion landscape for a living.
As part of the Clarks creative team I predict and analyse footwear, fashion, social and digital trends to inform and influence product creation.
Before Clarks I studied fashion journalism. I then worked as a fashion and lifestyle journalist alongside working in sales and PR at a renowned British fashion label and running club events in London. Somehow I got roped into teaching English in a college along the way too, so quite a mix!
My favourite thing about my job is the travel; individually and as a creative team, travelling to various cities and trade-shows for research and inspiration is key for a healthy creative process and fresh, product information.
I’d describe my style as British vs Americana heritage. I wear quite a lot of denim, knits and checks but then I also love the monochrome, Scandi and sports luxe trends. My favourite place to shop in the world is Selfridges. Every city in the world should have one.
Clarks has made a very identifiable leap from comfort casuals to stylish shoes you can wear all day, every day. No longer does Clarks mean just ‘safe’ shoes and children’s shoes, they are designed for people who want to make a style statement and who prioritise quality and craft.
For SS15 I’m really looking forward to seeing my influences come through in our products – from sports-inspired cup soles to on-trend colours that were identified and developed about 18 months ago!
To celebrate the launch of our Men’s Edit store in Covent Garden, blogger and photographer Garcon Jon photographed and interviewed four London gents in their favourite AW14 Clarks shoes. See the full interview with artist Abo Akin here and take a look at the boots he’s wearing, the Frelan Rise, here. For more information on our first ever Men’s only store in Covent Garden click here.
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.
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.