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I bought a 2nd pair of these back in 2012 in the beeswax style. I originally bought the dark brown suede a year prior to that. The 1st pair that I had didn't last as long as the 2nd pair. The suede pair broke down pretty quick and lost the nice look. I wouldn't recommend those unless you're going to wear them occasionally and not all the time.
The one thing I noticed on both, was that the laces break very quickly. On every boot the laces broke. This was a pain because it was difficult to find new laces that were short enough for these boots. As you can see in the picture there are only 2 eyelets on each side, so the laces need to be on the shorter end. I couldn't find replacements even though I didn't look that thoroughly. I've been able to still wear these boots without laces for the past 6-8 months and they've been fine.
The fit: These run a bit large so I would size down a half size and even a full size possibly. I usually wear a 10.5 or 11 in vans canvas shoes and I bought these in a size 10. That size fit just about right. They're not too snug, but enough room to wear a little thicker socks. With bigger socks I would describe them as snug. A lot of places carry these now so just drop in a store and try them on for best fit.
The Wear: At first your heals/ankle/achilles will be a bit raw, so take it easy to start. This happened on my first pair. My idiocy decided to walk home from the store wearing them and my heals had huge blisters by the time I got home from the mile or so walk. On my 2nd pair (beeswax) I would casually wear these around the house slowly breaking in the leather around my ankles. Once that leather breaks in and creased, you'll be able to walk long distances in these. On the inside of the boots there is a little leather strip where your heal and arch sit. It'll mold to your foot over time too. It also helps with comfort a little bit. These aren't the most comfortable fit, but the more you wear them you get used to it. Some people would probably like some kind of insole.
The Look: The look of these are timeless. I've had many people compliment me on these simple boots. The beeswax color is an orangish light brown when you first get them. Personally I didn't care for that color, so I bought some dark brown leather dye that I applied 2 coats to. Once they broke in the dark dye added a new dimension to them as the creases remained the dark brown and the material above the creases came back closer to the original color. This gave them a fantastic aged look. I would redye these every couple of months and the depth in color got better and better. They're pretty old now, so I haven't applied any dye for at least 8-10 months. The crepe is a cream type color. It was too bright for my taste, so I used a black conti crayon to darken it up a bit. It helped blend the soles with the dark brown dye on the beeswax leather. Over time I assume dirt would turn the crepe a similar color, I just didn't want to wait.
Weather Conditions: These boots are called "Desert Boots" for a reason. They do not handle water well at all. The crepe sole is basically smooth, so any slightly slippery surface will turn these into skates. The crepe also absorbs water at an insane pace. These are not ideal for rainy climates. These also do not hold up well in the snowy winter months. As I stated before they are very slick on ice/slush/snow. I have come close to falling down so many times in just 1 month this winter. Any time I walk through any type of snow my feet get soaked. First from snow falling in from the top of the boot because they're not very tall. They're just about even with your ankle. Second from the edges where the sole connects to the leather body of the shoe. I also get water seeping in through the bottom of the shoe. It seems as though they'er little sponges connected to leather. That might be an overstatment, but there is a little water that will come from underneath if you're standing in water for long enough. Lastly, these are not very thick at all, so they will not keep your feet very warm. I've tried wearing bigger socks and it still doesn't help too much. I live in Chicago and I ride my bike year round. I'm able to cover up enough to ride in 10 degree weather and probably lower, but I refuse to because my feet get too cold. 15 degrees is my cutoff point.
Overall I definitely recommend these. They look great, feel pretty good, and they are pretty affordable.
I purchased the Clark's BushAcre 2 boots shortly after Black Friday and got them for a very affordable $72 after shipping via Amazon. I don't know if I will come up as a verified purchase but I did purchase them.
I purchased the BushAcre 2's because I believed in some of the reviews on here that they are essentially the same shoe as the Clarks Desert Boot except for the sole. This is completely false. I own three pairs of the Desert Boot: Grey Suede and Black Leather and wanted to complete my boot collection by purchasing the Beeswax boot. Since the Beeswax BushAcre 2 looks almost identical to the Original Desert Boot, I gambled on the BushAcre 2's due to cost difference. I lost.
When I got the BushAcre 2 from Amazon, I immediately felt a size (cut) difference than the Desert Boot. The Bush Acre 2's are more narrow and far less comfortable than the Original Desert Boot. Both shoes run too big. Original Desert Boot about a size big. BushAcre 2 about .5/.75 size too big.
I went to the Clark's store in attempts to find the BushAcre 2 to confirm the difference but they said they do not carry them in the store and the BushAcre 2's are strictly "outlet" shoes---due to the cost difference. They also said that the quality of the Original Desert Boot is noticeable. At the time, I thought that was just sales speak but when the next day I returned my BushAcre 2's (got a full refund from Amazon!) and obtained the Original Desert Boot in Beeswax, I could definitely see what they were talking about. I immediately felt the size difference (as noted, the Orginal Desert Boot's run a full size bigger and the BushAcre 2's about .5/.75 size too big. I would only get the BushAcre 2's if I was really limited on spending. They are still a good value if you can get them in the $50-$65 range.
Original Clark's Desert Boot- 5/5 in style, 5/5 in value, 4/5 in comfort, 4.5/5 in quality. runs a size too big. ($120) Clark's Bush Acre 2- 5/5 in style, 4/5 in value, 3/5 in comfort, 3/5 in quality. runs a half size/.75 size too big ($80)
I think the BushAcre 2's are a good value if you value style over substance. People could possibly think they are the Original Desert Boots, since they look nearly the same, However, don't be fooled by just the outside of the shoe. After returning the BushAcre 2's I'm so glad I spent the extra $40 on getting the real deal, Original Clark's Desert Boot.
I just received my boots in the "beeswax" option, which is a brown leather. I am going to wear them all day today and update my review. But here are some initial thoughts:
style and quality: These boots are beautiful, really have that classic, handmade look to them. They are very masculine yet, but not industrial looking, so they would be great in a casual or formal context. The laces are very thin, so long as they don't break this won't matter.
Comfort: I followed the recommendations to get them a size smaller, and since I'm a size 12, I got 11. Initially, they have a very weird fit to them. They are a little more snug than I like on the top and sides, and the heel doesn't feel like it is securely in place when I stand in them. This is probably due to having two rows of laces.
Reason I'm leaving a review now is because people said you have to "break them in". They are great looking boots so I want them to work, and I don't have much experience with boots so I don't know how they should feel initially. I will update my review later
The first night I received them, I wore these boots for a night out downtown, where I have to walk down and up a 1/2 mile incline to get to and from my house, as well as probably a mile or two of walking while downtown. First of all, my friends immediately complimented me on how stylish the boots are. The boots seemed to break in and feel great only an hour after using them, contrary to what people said about one week. I am astonished that I like wearing these shoes, since I have a fairly flat arch, wide feet, I had given up on any stylish shoes to wear out, I usually had to wear my running shoes which looked mediocre when out with friends. I love these boots, they truly are classic, stylish, and comfortable. After the entire night of walking, I will say that they felt a little flat and I experienced some minor discomfort standing, but only some tiredness in my feet. No chafing, pain in toes, or anything serious. I recommend wearing some medium thickness wool socks if you are going to be walking a long time, very thin dress socks don't feel that great with these boots.
It has been over one week since I got the boots, and I LOVE them, they are too good to be true
Desert Boots and Chukka's have quickly become one of the most popular style of boots over the last couple of years. There are literally hundreds of different options out there if your looking for this style boot and the prices can range from roughly $50 all the way up to $400 dollars. With that being said, Clarks Original Desert Boot is easily one of the best of the bunch especially when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck.
I absolutely love this style boot and have over 15 pairs sitting in my closet from companies such as J.Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Frye, Diesel, John Varvatos, Red Wing, Bed:Stu, Original Penguin etc. Out of all the companies I have purchased this style boot from, there are really two that stand out more than the others in regards to getting the most bang for your buck. Those two are Clarks and J.Crew. Both make high quality boots and both keep things simple in regards to the design and that is exactly how I prefer them.
Clarks Original Desert Boot is really the epitome of simple design. No flashy cuts of leather, no funky patina's, just a clean design using classic colors and high quality full grain leather or suede. If you think these are comfortable when you first try them on, wait until you have had a pair for 6 months. These boots become like butter on your feet. In all honesty, that is one of the greatest aspects to this style of boot, they break in and become one of the most comfortable pairs of boots you have ever worn. Out of all the boots I own, its my broken in Chukka's and Desert Boots that are the most comfortable. Some of my Clark Desert Boots are over 4 years old and they are still in amazing shape. In fact, as I stated in regards to comfort, they only getter better with age. If you take proper care of them they will last a very long time.
Bottom line - Again there are now hundreds of choices out there for this style boot but very few can match Clarks Desert Boots especially when you consider the price. These are easily one of the best deals out there in regards to mens footwear. If your late to the Chukka/Desert Boot game then what are you waiting for? Every man should have at least a couple pairs in his closet. Clarks Desert Boot is a perfect place to start. The Taupe Suede & Brown Suede are the 2 that I recommend the most. They go with practically everything.
I bought my first pair of DBs (in beeswax leather) last year, and just picked up a pair in chocolate-brown suede to add to the rotation. They look great (the rest of my non-dress/athletic shoes have been gathering dust, as I find myself wearing nothing else with jeans or cords), take a beating, fit well (note that if like me you have feet that are wide at the ball, disregard the conventional wisdom about going down a size), and are pretty much barefoot-comfortable. The plantation-crepe soles are amazing - so soft that you can feel a crack in the sidewalk if you pay attention, but surprisingly durable (something about my gait will wear away a cheap rubber heel in a month, but not these), and the weird-looking bright-white will quickly reach something more subdued with normal wear. Clark's customer service is also great - they will replace broken laces free of charge (as long as you have the full style number for your color and size handy - check it inside the show when you get them and write it down somewhere, in case it wears away to illegibility).
One thing to note about the comfort if you are new to DBs - what I said above applies after about five to ten wearings. When my first pair was brand new I was sure for a while that I'd been sold a bill of goods about how comfortable DBs are - un-broken-in DBs can HURT. I'm finding the same to be true with my new pair. But if you stick with it you will be amazed how well they break in, and you too will be a convert for life.
Words cannot describe my satisfaction with these boots. First of all I ordered the beeswax leather thinking they were the dark brown, I was slightly disappointed but no big deal (I have a fix for it that I will put at the end of the review). These boots have been up and down the east coast with me, from the frozen slush of DC to the hot humid summers of GA. I LOVE THESE BOOTS. They are extremely versatile and hold up under every condition I put them through. I use them for dress up events (not black tie, but a nice button up and some slacks) and I have used them for the great outdoors. They go with so many outfits and they are so comfortable. Also, I typically wear between 10-11, depending on the brand, I got these 10.5 and they fit loose enough for me to wear thick wool socks comfortably in the winter (life savers). To be honest these were my first pair of leather boots and admittadly I did not take as good of care of them as I should have. I never conditioned thm and they got kind of dried out and cracked. This is where that color fix comes in. I ordered a can if sofsole mink oil (waterproofer, preserver, and conditioner) for 2.99 prime, and after one application they darkened up and were basically like new. I'll add a picture if I can.
All in all these boots are perfect and I love them.
Just received the boots today, put them on and was instantly impressed. They are very well made and look like they will last for years to come. As far as the sizing make sure your order a size down, I did much research before ordering and all the reviews were spot on. For a general comparison ill use Nike Running shoes which many people own, I wear a size 12 in Nike running shoes, I orded a size 11 in the boots and I still have some wiggle room, if you like your boots tight and your a size 12 you could even get away with size 10.5`s. The leather is high quality, I was somewhat surprised with the sole of the shoes as its a somewhat rubbery and soft, If your walking on tile floors it produces little noise, it adds to the comfort of the boots. They have moderate arch support and feel great on my heels. I am normally a die hard timberland fan but wanted to try something new, was a little worried these would look a little to "fashion flashy" but they are very rugged and masculine once you throw them on with a pair of nice jeans. Also after much research I applied KIWI mink oil to waterproof them and they darkened the color to a very slight degree but it is essential you do this if your going to be walking through snow/rain/sleet with them. So I suggest you buy a pair if your debating, they are unique from every other boots in every way, they wont disappoint!!
The Clark's Desert Boot in the sand-suede color with the crepe sole is simply the greatest shoe ever made. Period. They are timeless, sharp, handsome, rugged, stylish and casual: all at the same time. Nothing looks better with a pair of jeans than these beauties. Spray them lightly with a nubuck/suede protector, and gently brush them with a proper bush (use Angelus suede cleaner for dirt, and a Shacke brush - both sold here on Amazon). Make sure to only buy the "crepe" soled version of this shoe, and not the inferior, cheaper version with a rubber sole. There is amazing history behind the crepe-soled shoe that dates back to just after World War 2, and how these shoes were originally made in a bazaar in Cairo. If you watch Anthony Bourdain's travel/documentary shows on various networks, both new and old, you will see how darn nice these shoes look on a man of any age. Yes I am partial as I have worn these dogs on my feet for more than 20 years. I used to wear the Clark's "Palmer Boot" that Nordstrom sold until some Clark's "suit" idiotically made the decision to cease production of them - correct me if I am wrong please.
I got these a full size down from what I normally wear in typical Nike sneakers and they were a little bit tight in the mid section at first, but after a full day in them they fit perfectly just like all my other shoes that are a full size up from these clarks. I also have wide feet, so pretty much all my shoes are a bit tight in the mid section.
I decided to go for a short walk to help break them in, but after about two miles I got blisters on the back of my heels and on the back of my ankles from the upper part of the boots. I came on here to write a bad review, but decided to wait until the next day at least and I'm glad I did.
After a full day of walking in them, they are very comfortable and the upper part of the boot doesn't irritate my ankle anymore. These boots are actually very comfortable, it just takes a little while to break in and let the material become more forgiving and pliable.
Amazon is the cheapest price I've found for these boots, so these are definitely a great deal at this price. Don't hesitate to get them, but remember to size down one full size and also remember that these will be much more comfortable after you break them in a little bit.