LIMITED EDITION | Clarks Originals x Herschel Supply Co.

Celebrating 65 years of the iconic Desert Boot, Herschel Supply proudly introduces a partnership release with Clarks Originals.

Available in Navy and Grey premium suede, Herschel Supply’s rendition remains true to the timeless Clarks Originals Desert Boot silhouette. Details are subtly integrated, including a monochromatic rubber crepe sole, colour-dipped lace aglets and a contrasting pebbled leather tongue, along with a quality chambray liner and custom interior branding.

Available now exclusively at Glue Store.


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LIMITED EDITION | Made in England

Clarks Originals Desert Boot Limited Edition | Made in England

Clarks Originals celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Clarks Desert Boot with a special Made in England collaboration which sees the Originals brand and the Charles F. Stead factory come together to create a handcrafted, limited-edition Clarks Desert Boot which heroes the artisanal skills at the centre of British style today.

After Nathan Clark stormed America with his revolutionary Desert Boot design in the early 1950s, it was to the highly-skilled shoemakers and tanners of England that he turned to produce the boots which would go on to become signifiers of cool around the world. Each of the 1,950 pairs – a number chosen to reflect the year when the boots first hit the market – of Made in England Desert Boots are hand-numbered and come with spare leather laces. The collaboration honours the unique partnerships forged by Clark, which are still integral to the Desert Boot 65 years on.

The original Cordova Velour suede which characterised the very first Desert Boot styles of the 1950s came from long-time Clarks collaborators, Charles F. Stead. Based in Leeds, England since 1895, the tannery is renowned worldwide for the exceptional quality and colours of its suede.

Available in Australia from 1st July 2015, the Made in England Limited Edition Clarks Originals Desert Boots come presented in collectible packaging containing commemorative artwork. Potts Printers of Northumberland, a family-run company founded in 1875 by William John Potts produced the limited edition boxes which also includes

With only 10 pairs available for purchase in Australia, these are set to move fast.

Exclusively sold at:
Up There Store
RRP = $499


Clarks Originals celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Clarks Desert Boot with a special Made in England collaboration which sees the Originals brand and the Charles F. Stead factory come together to create a handcrafted, limited-edition Clarks Desert Boot which heroes the artisanal skills at the centre of British style today.

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Five minutes with Highsnobiety

David Fischer - Editor-in-Chief, Highsnobiety and SelectismDavid Fischer, Highsnobiety and Selectism

Clarks UK take five minutes to catch up with the head honcho of Titel Media, David Fischer – Editor-in-Chief and Founder of taste-making sites Highsnobiety and Selectism.

After moving to Berlin some 10 years ago, David has gone from running a small scale fashion blog at university to growing a hugely respected media network of some of the biggest influencers on the scene. We travelled to his office for a chat and a quick ‘kaffee’.

How long have you been running Titel Media now David?
Highsnobiety for 10 years in 2015 and Selectism for 7 years. We are globally a team of 24 staff over five sites who serve trendsetters, early adopters, people that are up to date at all times with the latest and greatest in men’s lifestyle and fashion.

What are the differences between the two media channels? There’s some cross-over for sure?
The Highsnobiety reader is very trendy. He follows trends closely and adapts to the latest trends very early on. The Selectism reader is slightly older and knows exactly what he wants and his likes do not change as much over time. They are trendy, but appreciate longevity, high quality, lasting products. In many cases the Highsnobiety reader eventually becomes a Selectism reader.

What’s in a Selectism wardrobe?
A good pair of raw denim, oxford shirts, some solid cashmere knitwear, lots of premium basics. In terms of footwear he might be wearing a pair of Clarks Originals Desert Boots, Red Wing boots or maybe a pair of Alden shoes on a very regular basis.

How do you see the Clarks Originals Desert Boot within Sneakerhead culture? 

I feel like the Desert Boot is the one pair of shoes that the sneakerhead picks up when he decides to dress up or dress a bit more formal. It’s a perfect bridge between the sneaker and something a little more mature. Solid, timeless and still fashionable.

What’s your favourite item of clothing/footwear?
A well worn in pair of raw jeans.

What does it say of you?
I like to be dressed well, yet comfortable, ready for any occasion.

Describe your perfect weekend.
Wake up around 11. Check my emails, make sure all our sites are running smoothly. Go for a walk in town, do a bit of shopping. Go for a nice healthy lunch. Do some more shopping, meet up with friends for a coffee. Go back home, relax, check the websites again, check email. Go out for dinner with friends, go out for drinks to a nice bar. On Sunday I like to sleep long, have breakfast at home with my wife, and just chill at home, cook dinner, watch a nice movie or go to the cinema.

And on a Monday morning, what’s your commute like?
Berlin is actually still a great city for driving. Traffic is not too bad. I take the car to work.

How important is a story like Clarks Desert Boot and its 65th Anniversary? 

I think it is very important. One of the most iconic boot silhouettes, and so connected with UK culture. Also, I believe the Desert Boot, unlike most others, really speaks to several generations. The 20 year old sneakerhead as a pair in the closet, and the 35 year old architect as well. It is such a timeless shoe, offering it in a more premium version absolutely makes sense to me.


Is film as valuable to you guys and your medium as say photography and words?
A film transports an experience. It gives you a more personal, live view of sorts and therefore I think it is a fantastic medium that will continue to play a very important role in our market.

As strong players in the digital realm, what does Highsnobiety and Selectism do to engage with its audience?
We do so many things to engage with our audience. Through our site we engage daily with them, but mostly at this point through social media. We communicate through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and other platforms, to make sure that we catch our reader wherever he is active. We attend a ton of seasonal trade shows to interact with industry professionals and readers. From Pitti Uomo, Seek, Bread & Butter, Capsule to other big industry events, it is always a great chance for us to meet everybody in one place.

…And the printed Highsnobiety magazine, is it the same voice, more in depth?
Highsnobiety Magazine brings our digital presence into the real world. We were really overwhelmed by the great feedback from our audience. It is another kind of presence. We take great care when it comes to the choice of paper stock for the magazine and the quality in general. People appreciate that and collect our issues. Also the timelessness of print is really beautiful and a nice change of pace compared to the fast moving online side of our business.

Where can we get it?
The Highsnobiety magazine is available at fashion retail stores and concept stores internationally. As well as select train stations, news outlets and airports around the globe.

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1950 ‘Til Infinity

Clarks Originals Desert Boot


Launched in 1950, Clarks Originals most-loved silhouette – the Desert Boot – celebrates its status this year as the Original Desert Boot. Modelled on a shoe made in the bazaars of Cairo and worn by off-duty British army officers.

Nathan Clark cut the pattern for the boot himself, but it got a lukewarm response from the Clarks stock committee. Undeterred, Nathan launched the boot at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1949. A feature in Esquire magazine later, and the maverick shoe maker had a best selling hit on his hands – this radical boot was like nothing anyone had ever seen before.

65 years after its debut, it’s still crafted using the same techniques, including the ‘stitchdown’ construction and the distinctive slim line last shape and natural crepe sole of the original.

To kick off the celebrations, Clarks UK held a launch at their Regent Street store earlier this year, as well as a celebration of our heritage which is being rolled out globally. The International launch begins early July with the release of the SandSixtyFive boot. Only 150 pairs were made, so it’s set to move fast.

Watch this space for details.

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COMING SOON | Clarks Originals x Herschel Supply Co.

Clarks Originals x The Herschel Supply Co. Logo

Clarks Originals x The Herschel Supply Co. Desert Boots

Clarks Originals and Herschel Supply Company have teamed up to celebrate 65 years of the Clarks Desert Boot. Previously only available overseas, this will be the first year we have access to this collaboration in Australia.

Available in Navy and Grey premium suede, Herschel Supply’s rendition remains true to the timeless Clarks Originals Desert Boot silhouette. Subtly integrated detailing includes a monochromatic rubber crepe sole, colour-dipped lace aglets and a contrasting pebbled leather tongue, along with a quality chambray liner and custom interior branding.

Available July 2015.



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ORIGINS | Nathan Clark x The Desert Boot

Nathan Clark - Creator of the Original Desert Boot

Pure and Simple 1950. One year after its debut at the Chicago shoe fair, the Clarks Desert Boot goes on sale. Designed by Nathan Clark, it’s different. It’s unexpected. It’s Original.

It’s 1944 and Nathan Clark is serving with the British Army in Burma. It seems a world away from the village of Street in Somerset where his family’s shoe business is based. When he’s not on duty, Clark socialises with his fellow officers. He quickly notices that many are wearing simple suede boots with crepe soles. He discovers that the boots come from a bazaar in Cairo where the officers had them specially made. Clark sets about cutting out prototype patterns from newspapers. He is convinced that a version of these boots could become a new signature for his family’s 125 year-old footwear company.
Upon his return to England, Clark sources the finest materials and craftsmen to transform his idea into reality. Using a Nature Form last from the existing Clarks Guernsey sandal shape, his construction methods were ground breaking. At a time when most men’s shoes were made from stiff, formal leather it was almost unthinkable to use suede, yet Clark opted for Natural Beige 2mm suede from Charles F. Stead, the supplier which still creates Desert Boot suede today. Clark also borrowed the Guernsey’s stitch-down construction, a technique which gave the Desert Boot its distinctive orange stitching.
Clarks Originals Desert Boot Origins
The Guernsey sandal that inspired the Clarks Desert Boot.
The Desert Boot launched to trade at a shoe fair in Chicago in 1949. The style was picked up by the Fashion Editor of Esquire and America was quickly captivated by the Clarks Desert Boot’s deceptively simple silhouette and unusual crepe sole. The Clarks Desert Boot was declared as the world’s first true ‘dress casual’ shoe.
They soon grew popular across the world. In France, they became known as ‘Les Clarks’ while everyone from Ivy League students to Jazz artists adopted Desert Boots as part of their uniform.
The Desert Boot is now an established icon for subcultures in all corners of the globe. Its silhouette is set to define cool but smart style for decades to come. But the Desert Boot would not exist today if it weren’t for the passion, belief and innovation of Nathan Clark.

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ORIGINS | The World’s Most Travelled Shoe

Clarks Desert Boot - Vintage Advertising Campaign
Clarks Desert Boot – Vintage Advertising Campaign


The Shoe Museum based at the Clarks HQ in Street, Somerset,  in collaboration with The Museum of Bath at Work is presenting the story of the Desert Boot in a new exhibition. The exhibition runs from Friday April 10th until Saturday October 31st 2015. Beginning with the origins of the Desert Boot which was designed in 1949 by Nathan Clark, the exhibition will tell the story of the people who designed the Desert Boot, the people who made them and the people who wear them. Visitors will be able to find out how the boot has been adopted by Jamaican Rudeboys, Mods and 1960s Parisian students alike, and was then reinstated as a British classic during the Britpop era of the 1990s.

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ORIGINS | Major Stitch and the Rudeboys

Meet Major Stitch, reggae icon and head of a group of rudeboys called the Spanglers who were at the heart of reggae’s birth in 70s Kingston.

At a time when status was king, every rudeboy in town had to own a pair of Clarks. But how do you buy British shoes when your government have banned imports?

The man who left for England with a suitcase full of records, and returned with a suitcase full of Clarks.

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