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Clarks Desert Boot

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  • An international classic, inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II.
  • Soft, supple suede and full grain leather uppers.
  • Nature-formed last allows for a natural toe spread.
  • Suede lined counter promotes heel stability.
  • Leather covered EVA footbed to keep feet comfortable and dry.
  • Genuine plantation crepe outsole delivers all-day comfort.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 14 in
    • Weight: 1 lb 3 oz
    • Shaft: 4 12 in
    • Platform Height: 12 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

47% Felt true to size
  • 18% Full size too large
  • 27% Half size too Large
  • 47% True to size
  • 5% Half size too small
  • 2% Full size too small
89% Felt true to width
  • 89% Felt true to width
  • 7% Felt narrower than marked
  • 4% Felt wider than marked
55% Moderate arch support
  • 9% Excellent arch support
  • 55% Moderate arch support
  • 36% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • An international classic, inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II.
  • Soft, supple suede and full grain leather uppers.
  • Nature-formed last allows for a natural toe spread.
  • Suede lined counter promotes heel stability.
  • Leather covered EVA footbed to keep feet comfortable and dry.
  • Genuine plantation crepe outsole delivers all-day comfort.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 14 in
    • Weight: 1 lb 3 oz
    • Shaft: 4 12 in
    • Platform Height: 12 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 9.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Customer Reviews

Clarks Desert Boot

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 519 reviews.

Top Positive Review

10 people found this review helpful.

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Teenage companion. Living in Lagos, Nigeria in 1971, these were the only real quality shoes you could buy. The only other brand was Bata. I thought they were the ugliest, but had a lot of teen "firsts" while wearing them. They held up extremly well in the tropical heat and downpours of equatorial Africa. My dad and brother wore them too. Our "dessies" felt right at home when we were in Kenya's Tsavo game park sneaking through the red dust and acquiring its color while trying to photograph rhino. Their last encore was dinner at the swank Dorchester Hotel in London where strangers of equally swank pedigrees complimented us on how well one of their national icons fared in a posh setting. Years later, in 2001 I renewed my bond with them and still attest to their comfort and classic styling and compliments received even though my safaris are limited to the hot and dusty streets of urban America. Cheerio!

Read more » « Show less November 24, 2001 by Ding174
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Top Critical Review

4 people found this review helpful.

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Cute but not so comfy. I purchased these for my hubby for Christmas. He wore them a couple of times with very heavy socks, but the backs still cut into the backs of his legs and made him bleed. He has since glued "foam" into the backs of the shoes, but they still hurt him. I think I may have wasted a few bucks on this pair of shoes!

Read more » « Show less January 25, 2012 by Anonymous
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Got my first pair last year as a summer boot to wear without socks or short socks. They are unbelievably soft and comfy from the moment you take them out of the box. Coming from the Red Wing family for winter boots, these had none of the break-in period. They're ready to look cool and stylish and feel worn-in from day 1. I got them in the light Sand Suede after ordering the darker tan and some other competing brands for comparison. These felt like the lightest summer color that could look relaxed but styling, with that perfect timeless feel.

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  • from Chicago
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I should start by saying these are awesome boots. I've been eyeing these for a while and finally bought myself a pair. Heeding the advice from previous reviews about sizing, I sized down. I wear a size 13 sneaker (Vans, Adidas) but I usually wear a size 11-ish in boots. I ordered a size 11.5, and they fit perfectly. I would definitely recommend ordering a size and a half smaller as these run big. With that being said, they fit very comfortably. I feel like I'm walking on a cloud, I swear, they are so comfy and lightweight. Apart from this, they look real nice, and they pretty much go with any type, color, and fit of jeans. I'm a big fan. As always, Zappos rules.

I'd also recommend: Timberland

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  • from United States
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I am very frustrated with all of the positive views of these boots. These are decent boots, a) once you get them worn in, and b) are made aware of all the hidden costs (and there are several). So, first of all, these are the most uncomfortable things you will ever put on your feet - for the first 2-3 weeks. I read many reviews discussing this, so I knew what I was in for. I decided to push through, and yes, after about two weeks the excruciating pain began to subside, and after about three weeks they began to feel "good" (good is not really the word - these have never been "comfortable" shoes - they are neutral once you get through the pain). But my feet were literally bruised for the majority of that time, and I could not bear to keep them on for more than 20 minutes the first couple of days and slowly but surely I was able to keep them one for more and more time. But, I really cannot tell you how horrible the pain on the top of my feet was for a solid two weeks. It was unbearable at times. That leads to the first hidden cost - shoe inserts. I am going on my third now (I am still trying to figure out what feels best in these boots). Do not kind yourself, the cost of the boots does not reflect quality. The inside soles have no support - or anything for that matter. They are just thrown together. The best way I can describe the inside? Bowling shoes. The ones that you rent. The inside of the desert boot is akin to rented bowling shoes. So, if you really like the look, go ahead and add a pair of inserts - you will thank me later! Now, the big annoying cost. The shoe laces. If you have read anything on here, you will have seen many people talking about how the laces break. Honestly, they just disintegrate in your hands after a couple of months of use. The awesomely poor quality of these laces is honestly absurd. It is unfortunate as they do look decent. On their own website it says that they provide replacement laces free (obviously aware of the problem - but seemingly not important enough to fix at the root for some reason). So, I decided to contact the company. I was very polite in my email, and I assumed would be provided a pair of replacement laces. I even offered to buy several additional pairs (to have as a back-up). Their response to me (a week later) was to go and buy replacement laces from a third party company. So in essence, it felt like "you were already duped and bought the boots, are probably not going to buy them again because, honestly, who would want to go through that torture a second time, so we could honestly care less." Assuming the laces are similar to those provided by Clarks, and given that my laces completely fell apart within two months of use, I can assume an additional cost to keep these boots in useable (i.e. with laces!). So, please be aware that these boots come with a subscription plan. I mean, it should be telling that Clarks themselves sent me the links to three independent companies that have laces specifically designed for the desert boot. The first link led to a page where the number one seller (and consequently the very first item listed) was replacement laces for the Desert Boot! Instead of being embarrassed by the quality, Clarks takes the mentality of "how great...someone else is taking care of that so we do not have to." For such an expensive pair of boots that is shameful. So, I am now left in a conundrum. I have got these insanely expensive, albeit nice looking, boots that finally do not feel like a medieval torture device. And no decent laces to tie them up. I will be honest, the laces that come with the boots, albeit the lowest quality you could possible imagine, actually look good with the boots. And that is a feat as I have tried everything I can find, and nothing looks good with these boots except for the original lace! Clarks is clearly is not providing me with replacements (they tell me they are on "back order" if that tells you anything) and it would not matter anyway as I would need a new pair every few months. So I am left to order the replacement pairs like a chump, if I want to keep them going. What an awful little company. I will not be buying from them again. If anyone's interested, I have got a pair of used Clarks Desert Boots for sale, size Men's 11½ (laces sold separately).

I'd also recommend: Anything BUT this product

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  • from Mexico
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Just as many reviews I viewed before buying. These are the originals in looks and comfort. Just like the pair I had in high school too many years ago. I have had many people ask where I found them.

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  • from TX
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great fit. Although leather was a bit stiff on the first wearing, it quickly loosened up and the shoes are now among my favorite. Size seems to run a tad larger, which works in my favor as I like to add molded inserts for greater arch support. I will buy more of this brand.

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Felt a half size larger than marked

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  • from Brooksville florida
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