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Clarks Originals Celebrates With Made in England Desert Boots

Clarks Originals is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Clarks Desert Boot with a special
Made in England collaboration.The Originals brand and Charles.F Stead
factory have 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 Story of Made in England
The Suede
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.

The Limited Edition Packaging

Made in England Clarks Desert Boots come presented in collectible packaging containing commemorative artwork. Clarks Originals have worked with Potts Printers of Northumberland, a family-run company which was founded in 1875 by William John Potts, to produce the limited edition boxes.

The Artwork
Peter O’Toole is an artist and illustrator whose work gives a modern take on vintage inspirations. Working from his converted windmill in Huddersfield, O’Toole’s artwork is a stylish reminder of the Desert Boot’s 1950s origins and unique cult classic place in fashion today.
The Socks
Each Made in England set comes with an exceptionally crafted pair of socks by TRiCKETT of Lancashire. Knitted using 100% Lancastrian cotton on traditional looms and finished by hand, the socks come in a trio of colours which each represent elements of the Clarks Desert Boot story. Sandy beige recalls the desert landscapes of Cairo where the boots were originally made. The accents of orange echo the tangerine stitching which is an original Desert Boot feature revived for the Made in England collection. Finally, rich blue represents sapphire, the 65th anniversary stone.
The Suede Cleaner
To keep each pair of Made in England boots looking pristine, an exclusive crepe suede cleaner in the shape of the Desert Boot’s iconic fob in Sheffield Steel has been created by Mamnick, a brand inspired by the splendour of the Peak District who manufacture near Sheffield.

The limited edition Made in England Desert Boot is now available online and in OFFSPRING Selfridges London.



Clarks Originals x Doom Q&A

To honour the release of the Clarks Orignals x Doom Wallabee boot that launches today we thought we’d share Clarks’ interview with hip-hop villain Doom.


How did you start out?

The super villain really started out in New York. I’ve been doing music now for more than 20 years, and I’m still doing what I do – instrumentals, rhymes, trying to cover as much of the spectrum musically as I can – whilst professionally keeping it tight.

Why do you wear a mask?

This version of the mask I have had for about five years. There have been previous versions, but the idea came from me just wanting to wear a mask on stage. I started out by wearing a stocking mask at first, and then it evolved to a plastic, altered, Halloween mask, until we came up with the current bad boy.


Why did you decide to work with Clarks Originals?

Well, Clarks Originals are the classic Wallabee joints. It’s in their name – they are classics, originals. Only rich cats had these back in the day. I wasn’t really able to get a pair until recently, but ever since then they’ve been in my collection. It’s like a sneaker, but it’s still a shoe. You can flip them up. They always had a classy but casual look to them.

What was it like to make your own shoe?

Well Clarks came up with the offer, and automatically I was with it. I was trying to think how, and what, am I going to add to an original. Originals are classy joints – so I had to work out what I could do without taking away from that feel.


You are certainly a Pioneer. What similarities are there between you and Clarks Originals?

Well thank you for the compliment. I feel humble – there’s a lot of hard work that has been put into it, so it’s great that it has been appreciated. I think we’re a good fit as you’re dealing with two original concepts. I’m trying to be as different as possible with the mask and everything. No-one had ever tried it before, it was ground breaking.

It’s the same with these shoes – they stand the test of time. When you have something like that, where craftsmanship and care is put into the creation, then it tends to last a long time. That’s the true test. I think that’s also a good look for me – Clarks Originals and I both carry weight with what we do and what we do speaks for itself.


The Clarks Originals x Doom Wallabee boot is now available online and in selected OFFSPRING stores.



Teaser: Doom x Clarks Originals

MF DOOM The self-styled ‘super villain of hip hop’ is back, collaborating with Clarks Originals on a Wallabee like no other. Remixed in NY Knicks’ colours, they feature a mask-themed lining, glow in the dark sole and royal blue suede.


The mask wearing hip hop character of DOOM is undeniably recognisable within the hip hop scene.
Having worked with artists as varied as Thom Yorke, Ghostface Killah, Madlib (as MADVILLAIN),
Danger Mouse (as DANGERDOOM) and most recently with producer and rapper Jneiro Jarel as JJ
DOOM, he’s a super villain loved by fans an collaborators alike.
The fictitious character DOOM has appeared on recordings since 1999 beginning with LP,
The metal masked figure has a huge cult following and since its inception and DOOM remains
committed to working on complete world harmony.

The Doom x Clarks Originals Wallabee boot will be launching online here and in Offspring Selfridges London and Offspring Shoreditch stores.

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