Clark first introduced the Desert Boot for sale in 1949, basing them on the form of chukka boot worn by British forces in the deserts of North Africa in World War II. This particular form of the chukka boot usually has a crepe sole with a suede upper (though they come in dozens of different leather and suede uppers now), themselves based on South African shoes called Veldskoen. Since then, the humble desert boot has become a staple of men’s style; jeans and desert boots make an iconic pair.
The desert boot has a very simple and utilitarian look, which makes them versatile and enduring. I’ve owned several pairs of desert boots over the years, from the classic beeswax leather to brown suede. They’re comfortable and cool and stylish all at once. They make an excellent shoe to be thrown on with any outfit, especially for a guy who prefers a more casual but still neat appearance. Essentially an all-purpose shoe, they can be worn with jeans, chinos and even suits. I’ve seen them worn with everything from white linen to dark navy suits (the latter pairing of which is more fashion-forward). I personally avoid wearing anything