The Clarks Originals original, the Desert Boot was designed in 1949 by Nathan Clark and launched at the Chicago Shoe fair the following year.
The inspiration for the Desert Boot was a crepe-soled boot made from rough suede in Cairo's fabled Old Bazaar which was the footwear of choice for the off-duty Eighth Army officers.
The simple lines and conspicuous comfort were an instant hit and the first ever casual shoe was born. The rest, as they say, is history. Often imitated but never bettered, sometimes different but in spirit always the same, long live the Clarks Originals Desert Boot.