Charles F. Stead

Charles F. Stead

In addition to Clarks Originals celebrating our 65th year of the Desert Boot, we visited our long-standing, sixty-five year partner, the traditional English tannery, Charles F. Stead, whose premium suedes and leathers have been used to make our Desert Boot uppers since they were first launched.

Nathan Clark originally chose this Leeds based family tannery to supply suede for the first ever Desert Boot. This same suede, along with our crepe sole and bespoke wooden last construction is an integral part of Clarks Desert Boot DNA. Certain traditions should be upheld.

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Watch a film about our factory visit to Stead Leathers in Leeds.