Jul 11 2013
The desert boot and the duffle coat are two modern American wardrobe essentials that share an origin in the UK. English infantryman Nathan Clark first introduced his boots during the height of the Second World War as comfortable alternative to the footwear options at the time. Since then, the Clarks desert boot has enjoyed an interminable reign as one of the most ubiquitous shoe models of all time, and has long been adapted to fit the everyday battles of civilian life.
Similarly, Gloverall introduced the first duffle coat produced for civilian life after initially reselling the original military version, issued during World War One to members of the British navy. A collaboration between the two storied brands must have been a match made in fashion heaven, and the results show it.
The collection features two new takes on the classic Clarks desert boot, updated with details from Gloverall’s trademark look, including a thick wool over the heel of the shoe, and toggle fastenings instead of laces, giving the boots a rugged look that is sure to further immortalize the reputations of the two British brands.
The shoes will be available on July 15th in the UK.
Via [British GQ]