Nathan Clark - The story of the Clarks Desert Boot
Nathan Clark For Clarks Footwear
Nathan Clark For Clarks
Clarks have released a new and unique range of shoes inspired by one of the brand’s founding fathers, Nathan Clark.
Nathan Clark was the epitome of a post-war gentleman: an Oxbridge education, a classic car collection and an English accent in New York. A prodigious experimenter, with the eponymous company founded by his forbearers James and Cyrus Clark, his lifestyle never prevented him from continuing to innovate, which even led to his work in creating the now iconic desert boot silhouette.
After Clark’s death in 2011, new designs were found that reworked the original desert boot – and these have now been put exclusively into production by Clarks for their upcoming AW13 collection.
The new ‘Derby Desert’ and ‘Derby Top’ styles are notable for the accented leatherwork along their bodies, which highlights the Derby-style lacing. This is most prominent in the Derby Top model, where the innovative design illuminates the mixed leather and brogueing detail. The contrast white stitching then pulls together these different stylistic embellishments to create a composed and incredibly practical boot that brings a timeless silhouette bang up to date.
Similarly, the Derby Desert uses mixed grain leathers and geometric shaping to create a slightly quirky piece that is balanced by the slight ostentation of the fringe and brogueing – producing an engaging and innovative formal shoe.
Both pairs are available online now and will be followed by a more complete collection featuring Chelsea boots, monk straps, longwing brogues and more.
Video: History In The Making-Clarks Mens Styles By Nathan Clark
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