Now that spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner, style conscious men everywhere are starting to brighten (and lighten) up their wardrobes. This means that heavy tweed and wool is out in favour of light weight cotton and linen. In addition to this change in fabric comes a much welcomed change in colour. During the winter darker colours tend to dominate, which is appropriate considering the often drab and lifeless atmosphere of the season. However, now that spring has arrived the colour pendulum has rightfully shifted in the other direction – one of bright and vibrant hues.
But your clothing isn’t the only thing that needs to shift with the seasons, your footwear also needs to adjust to the warmer and drier weather as well.
Depending on where you live your shoe options can be pretty limited during the winter time. For example, on most winter days you can find me either wearing a pair of leather boots or leather dress shoes. Unfortunately, with all of the rain and snow there just aren’t very many options for me beyond that. That’s one of the reasons why I’m glad spring is in full swing. The drier weather means that I can branch out my shoe game.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that even in the spring and summer most guys will limit themselves to just a pair of clunky dress shoes for work or business and a pair of rundown sneakers for casual situations. It’s not that I’m against a lean wardrobe, but there are so many more interesting options!
Case in point: The Desert Boot.
The Desert Boot is a great casual option for the spring and summer. It’s not that you can’t wear them in the fall or winter, it’s just these boots were made specifically for dry climates (they are typically made out of suede) so they tend to work better during the warmer months for most folks.
For those not familiar with these boots, they were first introduced by the Clark’s footwear company back in the late 1940’s. The design of the boot was inspired by what the British Army Officers were wearing at the time in Burma: crepe-soled, rough suede boots. The Officers found that these boots were both durable and comfortable. Nathan Clark (of the Clark’s family) was an Officer at the time in the Royal Army Service Corps and took note of this. When he returned home it was only a matter of time before the famous Clark Desert Boot was born.
Although the classic Desert boot is made from suede and has a crepe sole, they can also be made from other materials including leather and canvas. I still recommend guys pick up a pair of the classic crepe-soled, rough suede boots because you can’t go wrong with a classic.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering, “What can I wear with these things?”
The answer is almost anything. These types of boots are actually very versatile. You can wear them with a variety of denim and chinos. Of course, I would NOT wear them with shorts or dress slacks.
The awesome thing about these boots is that not only do they look great, but they are also very affordable. You can typically pick up a pair of Clark’s on sale for around $60-70 dollars. At that price I recommend you pick up a couple of pairs (navy and grey would be my choice).
Lastly, I recommend you size down by at least a size compared to your other shoes. I’ve noticed that with boots that most brands tend to run small.
So step up your shoe game this season by donning a pair of classic suede Desert Boots. These timeless boots will keep you looking James Bond cool for the summer season.