Trav: If you pay even the slightest attention to Josh and I’s recent fit pics, you may notice the constant reassurance of the Clarks Desert Boot. They are just such a versatile piece of footwear that can be mixed and match with many styles for that real clean, classically casual look. A couple months ago I came across an Ebay listing that showed some very unique, red Clarks desert boots IN MY SIZE. The seller was from Australia and apparently he was getting rid of his ginormous shoe collection. The desert boots were listed as near dead stock condition (worn twice) and released sometime between 20 and 30 years ago. Needless to say, I got them and love them but I have noticed a couple of considerable differences that might as well make these a completely different shoe when compared to the current Clarks desert boot. Firstly, I’ve notice that the older pair was made in Australia while the current pair is made in Vietnam. I don’t know if Clarks has different manufacturers, I assume that production was once done in Australia but later moved to Vietnam. The laces are also different, the older pair has nice round solid laces that are soooo much more practical than the annoying, flat, stringy laces in the current pairs. The actual feel between the two shoes is completely different, the most recent pairs are more soft and smooth than the vintage pair’s harder, more rough suede. The fit is also a lot different, the older pair feel a lot better, they are wider with much better heel support.I remember an old school Jamaican guy talking about how Clarks were not made the same anymore and how they started sacrificing quality for cheaper cost. I can now say that i see what he was talking about. I wish they were made how they were in the past. I am still however a fan of the current models.
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Some vintage clark ads
Old West Indian Clark steeze that so perfectly fit this moment