Clarks Desert Mali Boot Reviews

20 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

53%Rated 5 stars

33%Rated 4 stars

7%Rated 3 stars

7%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

47% "Felt a half size larger "

100% "Felt true to width"

59% "Moderate arch support"

18 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 11/28/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Awesome looking boot. Runs a little large. I usually wear a 9.5/10 and I had to get a 9 in these.

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2 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 11/3/11
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:3 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I like the shape and style of these shoes, except for the color of outsole. My biggest issue is that these boots are very noisy. They creak with every step--the kind of sound you hear with a leather jacket. These are the noisiest boots I've ever had, hence the two stars.

Additional 15 Desert Mali Boot Clarks Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 2, 2012

Anonymous

from 93406

These are great boots, but definitely sized large. I normally wear an 11.5, but only the 10.5 Clarks fit me -- a little tight across the top of my foot, but the toes/heel are where they should be. They broke in fast -- are light and comfy for walking, though not for standing around all day. Style-wise, they are classics: Clarks desert boots were great in the 60's, and still great now.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 8, 2011

Trevor

from Lubbock, Texas

really love the crepe soles and the style of these boots. Especially at a really good price. However, the taupe distressed looks brown in the pictures, but in reality it is more of a greyish color. With time they may wear more and change in color but out of the box they are a different color than what I expected.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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October 6, 2011

Anonymous

from United States

I love these boots. They are comfortable and great looking. I wonder how they will stand up to nasty weather, though. Time will tell. Definitely go half a size down.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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January 26, 2016

Anonymous

from Pacific NW

Finally got the size right! I own 2 other desert trek classics from Clark ranging from size 9.5 to 10.5. These boots run half-size long for my foot. When it comes to comfort, the high ankle and stiff leather on the upper tends to make my ankles sore by the end of a day. Not sure if the cause is the constant light pressure or moderate atrophy because it's as if my foot is in a cast. (This has consistently been my experience with other high ankle leather footwear). Having said this, the beeswax leather is breaking in nicely; it was quite stiff out of the box but take 1 step and immediately the lighter color and creases begin to develop. Lastly, these boots look great in chinos and denim.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 8, 2015

Matt

from Toronto

I bought the black leather with black sole Mali Desert Boots over two years ago, and they felt amazing from the time I wore them out of the store. The extra lace holes make it fit better than regular desert boots where my feet feel like they are falling out. They are light and keep your feet warm. The biggest drawback is gum soles are definitely not meant for city streets. They lasted maybe 6 months before there were noticeable problems. Though I can no longer wear them when it rains (water through the sole), I wear them weekly as they fit with most social situations, look stylish and are still amazingly comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 21, 2011

Noah B

from New York

Basically, I love this boot. I wear a lot of crepe sole Clarks and this one goes with just about anything, from jeans to winter work wear. Only complaint: long break in period. For about a month, the top of the shoe would really jab into the base of my toes/top of my foot every time the shoe creased in my stride.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 1, 2017

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Jarod

from California

If ninjas had to wear boots to sneak up on people in, these would be the pair. Ultra-quiet, super flexible and cushiony outsole is unlike anything I've ever seen on any shoe before and I love it. The Beeswax color is incredible and only gets better with every crease and fold from wearing them. I am a size 11 and ordered a half size down because of what others said in their review and the 10.5 was perfect. The heel area inside the boot is very hard, like lots of other boots, and will take time to break in for maximum comfort. I wore hiking liners and thick smart wool hiking socks with these on my first outing to prevent blistering but after walking around for about a mile i could feel the back of my heel beginning to become irritated/raw. This is because my heel wasn't as secure as it should have been but I feel like if I can get the lacing tight in the right spots and breaking these in over time that I will be a happy camper.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vans Sahara Boot Light Brown

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 25, 2016

Review for Zappos Rewards Points
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Anonymous

 

These boots are very much like the traditional Desert Boot from Clarks with a more rugged look. This is the 2nd time I've purchased the beeswax... I wore the original pair out due to sheer use as my primary shoe. I also own them in black and highly recommend!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 2, 2014

Leopold003

from Deerfield Beach Florida

I have being wearing Clarks Originals my entire adult life and their my standards for cool casual shoes and boots. But I always have to order a full size down. I am size 10, so all of my Clarks Originals are size 9. They are a little tight at first but they stretch out after a few wears. This pair is great, I have them in black leather also and will buy another pair because this style is limited. Clarks Original the standard for timeless cool causal, for me at least.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 3, 2013

JK

 

I first bought size 13 since that is my usual shoe size but I found them to be really big in the toe. It could be because they are UK made. I returned them for the 12's and at first they seemed kind of tight but after a week of wear the leather began to shape to my feet, and are now super comfortable. The leather is high quality. The crepe sole is thick and meant to last for a long time. I am a big fan of the Clark's Desert Mali boots. I chose the boots over the chukkas because they feel more snug and secure on my feet than the chukkas do (due to the less eyelets for the shoe laces I guess). These are now my number one shoe in my wardrobe. They go well with almost everything, but I especially like wearing them with jeans and a casual button up.

Brands I'd also recommend: Steve Madden

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 23, 2013

Matt

 

Get these boots. Awesome. Go a full size down. All Clarks run big.

Brands I'd also recommend: doc martens

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 18, 2016

Tom S

from Washington, DC

I will caveat this review with the fact that I have never owned high ankle boots before. At first they were most uncomfortable. The shoes are inflexible, hurt more than any other shoe I've used before and and I've never looked more ridiculous going up and downstairs trying to not hurt my chins every step. But dammit if they are not beautiful shoes. I hope they break in well and I learn how to clean/maintain the beeswax... I am not finding great help online.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 28, 2014

Anonymous

 

I really love these boots in black leather. They're more comfortable and supportive than the regular/classic Clarks desert boots. I use an insole for added comfort, but have worn these often and for over a year. They're still one of my favorites, and I've gotten more than a few compliments. The laces wore out but are easily replaced.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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September 26, 2013

Austin

from new york

Loved these shoes. They look a bit cheap because of the thin design, but they also look pretty WWII and trendy. Was so disappointed that they are just a tad too large and there is nothing smaller than a 7! Need to find alternatives.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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November 26, 2013

Anonymous

 

I have worn Clarks for 4 years and wore these boots for the past year. Before that, I wore a pair of Desert Chukka boots, but I believe these are the last pair of boots I'll purchase from the company. Clarks makes stylish footwear, but these boots have not had the longevity I was hoping to find in this price range. With this past year, I've worn them pretty regularly and took care of the boot's leather, but the sole is coming away from the leather. So, my feet easily get wet from the rain. The sole also has worn away at a faster rate than I expected. I understand the material is not tough, but these soles now, after a year, look like the chukka's that I wore for a few years. I will probably replace the sole and have a better boot, but again, these boots have not been worth the price I pair for them.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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No arch support

 

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