- 100% Suede Leather
- Crepe sole
- Shaft measures approximately 4.25" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1"
- Platform measures approximately 0.5"
- Stabilizing suede lined heel counter
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For a classic that’s graced men’s fashion for over 50 years, check out this Desert boot from Clarks. This chukka features a leather upper with a two-eyelet lace-up for a casual fit. Beneath, a plantation crepe sole delivers legendary cushioning for all-day comfort.
Clarks has been in business for over 100 years making very fine men's dress shoes in a variety of styles. Featuring a wide range of top-quality components, Clarks gives you the options you desire in the quality you demand.
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.44 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0007MCUTK
- Item model number: 3169
- Date first listed on Amazon: January 1, 1970
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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The pair I ordered through Amazon (on the left) are made of thinner, less quality leather. The ones from Clark's (on the right) are a much beefier, thicker leather with a higher quality grain and have more of a "real leather boot" feel. Whereas the ones from Amazon feel somewhat like cheap knockoffs in comparison. They are still a decent shoe for the price. But compared to the ones from Clark's they seem much flimsier.
I'm leaving this feedback in the hopes that it spares you the troubles I've had with wearing Clarks.
1.) You have to order at least half a size down. I tried Clarks in my go-to size of 10.5 and they were absolutely massive...even with thick, high quality hiking socks. After having them for a couple months, I might have been smarter to go down a full size to 9.5.
2.) These soles are marginally more comfortable than the bushacre soles, but these shoes are absolute murder on the feet. I've read reviews about these shoes molding to fit the contour of your feet after being broken in, but I haven't found that to be true. I've worn these shoes almost everyday for a few months and they just don't have any cushion or support. I had to break down and buy some insoles to help my aching feet.
3.) These shoes are not waterproof at all. I've tried several shoe weatherproofing methods such as beeswax and mink oil. In my opinion, mink oil has been by far the best. Not only does it help to soften the leather, it doesn't seem to leave your leather super dark for long.
Similar to other reviewers, these are taking a bit of time to break in. I experienced the slipping heel, but that seems to have gone away, or I've grown used to it. At any rate, it's not causing any discomfort or causing any issues. I'm about one week into wearing these every day to work, and each day they get more comfortable and broken in. The top of the left boot is digging in right above my ankle, but this too is getting better with each passing day and isn't leaving me hobbled or scarred.
One wish for is an extra pair of laces or for the laces to be thicker. The ones that come on the boot seem really thin and I feel like I'm going to break them every time I tie them. That, plus the break-in period and the size issue put this at a solid 4 stars. Overall, good comfort and great looks.
The width is great for people with wide feet. Consider getting them a 1/2 size or so smaller. I often wear 13 in sneakers to get enough width. These had plenty and were pretty long, too, for a 12. But it worked out. I like having extra space. You may not.
The leather wears beautifully. The laces died pretty quick, but I found some nice replacement ones on Amazon (OrthoStep Waxed Very Thin Dress Round Classic Brown 27 inch Shoelaces).
One downside to all of the thick leather is that they don't breathe well. To mitigate this, I wear Fox River Wick Dry CoolMax Liner Socks under all of my socks. That does the trick. I prefer to take them off for a bit during the day at the office, but I can wear them all day if I need to with the liner socks.
The sole wears better and is more comfortable than I anticipated. The one downside is that it doesn't have good grip in wet conditions. On textured or rough concrete, it's fine. On smooth concrete, it slips every so often.
I also love that I can wear these with any pair of pants, from very casual to dressy (if needed).
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I have also noticed that the non-removable insole has lots of lumps and inconsistencies. The left one hurts the bottom of my foot around the heel because there is a large bump. The right has a bump in the forefoot area which gives me blisters. As well, even after several wears and significant break in time, these shoes are basically unwearable without moleskin on both heels.
Not buying Clarks again.
Be warned, these are NOT winter boots! There is no insulation and the crepe sole is quite slippery on icy Toronto sidewalks.
The pair I received is in a slightly lighter shade of brown than what Amazon advertises here. It shipped from SoftMoc apparently. I imagine after a few waxes and polishes it'll appear in a richer shade of brown one day.
I wear a US 10 normally but I read reviews online and decided to order a US 9. It still fits tight (1 week now), especially with wool socks, but by no means painful. Once it breaks in it should fit wonderfully. Highly recommend!
Exactly as pictured
No damage, wear or tear
Actually arrived earlier than expected
These are probably the 6th pair of Clark's i've bought, and they are by far the worst.
The fit was absolutely perfect