The humble desert boot is a common item on the streets these days but it’s a little known fact that this comfortable boot has been around for over six decades.
Nathan Clark of the Clarks family originally designed it after returning from Burma where he was posted with the West African Brigade. The desert boot then journeyed through the next few decades stretching through Beatnik culture, popping up in the Mod Revival era and finally settling as the true Retro Mod Classic it is today.
The desert boot has a classic design, a beautiful shape and is extremely comfortable. Most importantly, the desert boot is practical and the fact that it can be worn with almost any outfit through all seasons cements it as an all-purpose wardrobe staple.
Colour is a very personal choice and depends on a man’s personality and existing wardrobe. Because the desert boot is such a durable, versatile and stylish shoe, it would be smart to own at least a couple of pairs.
Try brown, rust, grey and sand - muted colours for everyday wear. Once you have this covered, turn your eye to something a little more vibrant. Make a statement with maroon, navy, olive, blood red, ocean aqua, pink grapefruit or lemon-drop yellow.
Desert Boots + Chinos
The low to mid-cut of the desert boot makes it a perfect match for a pair of rolled chinos. Try the original chino or the slim cut. Lose the socks in summer or keep it for winter. If you do decide to keep the socks, make sure some thought has been put into the specific pair of socks you choose – they will be visible.
Desert Boots + Jeans
We couldn’t call the desert boot versatile if it didn’t work with jeans. Complement the boots with a pair of slim, tailored jeans. For a more dressed up look, go with a dark coloured jean and a well-fitting shirt.
For those who think desert boots are for prepsters only, the stylish man below works it well, layered with a tee, hoodie and leather jacket.
Desert Boots + Shorts
Denim shorts, tailored dress shorts, casual shorts. Pairing a pair of desert boots with shorts isn’t a common thought but it works! It adds a hint of formality to the outfit without going overboard. Once again, to sock or not to sock? The choice is yours, my friend.
Desert Boots + Suits
There’s a rule amongst style enthusiasts that the desert boot cannot be worn with a suit. With the exception of a black-tie event or formal occasion, we couldn’t disagree more. Although the suit is formal and deserts boots casual, they tone down the formality of the suit.
There are no many hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion so have some fun and remember the most important thing a man could have for an accessory is attitude. Make sure you carry it with you at all times.