Hot in the Desert

Clark’s desert boots have been gracing the feet of fashionphiles since 1949, when Nathan Clark first introduced them. The design of the boot was based on footwear that was specially crafted for the British infantry stationed in Egypt during World War II. The soldiers needed a shoe that kept their feet cool on the hot desert sand, so they enlisted the help of local Egyptian tradesmen who came up with the design that would ultimately inspire Nathan Clark to create a fashion classic. The flexible rubber sole accorded comfort and flexibility for soldiers wandering the hot desert sands, and the calfskin leather provided the durability they needed to get through the war.

Fast forward 60 years or so, and the design for this menswear staple has not changed, but the ladies demand their share! Add a heel to the sandy equation, and you get the woman’s desert boot. Here’s a round-up of what’s out there, in every price-point:

Clockwise: 1. Indigo by Clark’s, $120, 2. J.Jill $139, 3. Paul Smith, $363.40, 4. Seychelles $120, 5. Moschino $595.

Just Right

But I’ve saved the best for last, because to me, Madewell’s iteration remains true to the origin of the style, and is by far my favorite take. Two simple laces, a narrowed, rounded toe, a low stacked heel with a slight slant, and made in Italy to boot. I can picture myself wearing them every day, making it totally worth the $188 price tag.

Check out most of these styles at Zappos.