Ape to Gentleman

The history of a brand can draw you in, but once ingested, it is the product itself that keeps you coming back. With Clarks Originals, that product is the Desert Boot. Ironically, despite living in the Middle East for almost 10 years - the home of the desert - I did not encounter a pair of these remarkable boots until I arrived in the UK early 1990’s. Initially, I saw the Desert Boot as “a Chino’s best friend” but I underestimated its range, and now see them in their true light as a staple shoe for denim and tailoring alike. Footwear has the ability to transform the casual to formal and vice versa; the Clarks Originals Desert Boot has the ability to transcend both.

The perfect accompaniment to summer, The Boots that help me transition from spring to summer will be the Denim Blue Nubuck Deserts with the signature cream crepe sole; one of multiple new colour-ways reinventing the Desert boot season after season.

The secret to the Desert Boots success? While the style and colours may change, the inherent spirit and heart of the design remains the same. A true classic.

Eli Ankutse
Ape to Gentleman & Niven & Joshua