Desert Boot 5 (59 reviews) Black Mens Originals Boots

A classic black version of our iconic Clarks Originals' Desert Boots. Designed in 1949 by Nathan Clark the Desert Boot was inspired by a rough boot from Cairo's Old Bazaar. An instant hit, it became the footwear of choice for off-duty army officers. Often imitated, never bettered, its simple, clean lines in premium suede are teamed with an unfussy lace fastening and signature crepe sole. This style comes in a narrow fit so we advise ordering half a size larger than normal.

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Upper Material Leather
Lining Material Suede
Sole Material Crepe
Fastening Type Lace
Removable Insole No
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  • 5 stars out of 5Years and years

    David from winchester

    Over the years I have worn many pairs of Desert Boots but your Originals are far and away the best.

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  • 5 stars out of 5What I was looking for :-)

    David from cannock

    A great and good looking comfortable pair of boots. Not a completely snug fit, but no issue, will loosen up soon. At least my feet aren't hurting as much as they used to now, though the one boot seems to press a bit on the top of my foot. Would definitely consider buying another pair in the future though.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Vollste Zufriedenheit

    Jens, greifswald, hansestadt

    Von der Bestellung bei Clarks, über die Lieferung und Zustellung mit TNT bis hin zur überragenden Qualität des Produktes - alles in allem entspricht meiner uneingeschränkten und vollsten Zufriedenheit!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Very Comfortable

    Ruairi from london

    Very soft leather and well built too. Quite a sensible purchase.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Traditionally MODern

    Simon from milton keynes

    It seemed like no sooner did I place an order than they arrived! Comfortable, practical, traditional yet oh so MODern....just a shame that I can't wear them every day with my suit!

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  • 4 stars out of 5Total comfort

    Anna from oldham

    Very comfortable everyday boots

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  • 5 stars out of 5Timeless Classic

    Iain from stourbridge

    British design classic, perfect for the Summer. Dress up or dress down but always look stylish!

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  • 5 stars out of 5The trusted Clarks Desert boot.

    Bob from alton

    Don't be fooled by cheaper imitations inducing blisters or impeding your gait...........always opt for this champion of footwear.

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  • 5 stars out of 5The iconic desert boot is still the best.

    george from southsea

    Ive been wearing clarks desert boots for over a year now and they are my favourate shoes to wear. They are so versatile its almost annoying because you neglect every other piece of footwear you own. They come in so many colours theres not an outfit they wouldnt work with. As for comfort they are somewhere in between slippers and soft trainers. The pair I have in waxed canvas are so light and flexible I sometimes forget im wearing shoes. If I was to reccomend any item of footwear it would be the clarks desert boot.

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  • 5 stars out of 5the best

    ron from oldham

    clarks desert boots are timeless.they look fantastic and are by a country mile the best quality desert boot on the planet.what are you waiting for ? buy your favourite looking pair now people !!!!!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Still the best Desert Boots around!

    Olivia from wolverhampton

    I bought a pair of these for my partner a couple of months ago and he loves them! They look great and the leather is softening beautifully. He does not have the best feet in the world and often stuggles with new shoes but these have been comfortable from day one. There may be others on the market but I think Clarkes Desert Boots are the 'Originals' and the best!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Sizing advice

    Duncan from cambridge

    These are quite long and narrow shoes. If you generally have wide feet you may find if you go up a size like people recommend that your toes will have too much room around them to feel comfortable - that was my personal experience. Otherwise they are good shoes.

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  • 5 stars out of 5sizing

    Frazer from london

    Make sure you go a full size up from your normal size if buying the desert boot. I've owned a few pairs in the past and always bought size 9. The site does reccomend to go up half a size but i bought my usual 9 and they were way too small. Must have changed the fit? It was easy enough to change them in store though and i went for a size 10 having tried the 9 1/2 which were still too tight. Must have changed the fit? Great shoe though, goes well with most outfits. Also make sure you spray protect these particuarly in this colourway!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Simon

    Simon from worthing

    Ordered on the Friday, received the following Monday, free delivery - first class service! I've long been a wearer and fan of desert boots, including in the Arabian Desert, and these are no exception. High quality soft leather and the classic crepe soles. Comfy from the outset, they will even improve with wearing, I'm sure. Recommended.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Quality boots!

    LEE from belfast

    Boots arrived today and im very pleased with them. Great looking and perfect fit. They are a bit darker than the image shown but i knew this anyway. The website recommends going 1/2 size up, i was recommended to go 1/2 size down. Im usually a 9 but ordered 8 1/2, perfect fit.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Quality

    A from warrington

    These awesome Originals desert boots ooze quality from the way they are packed, the materials used and the way they feel when worn. An absolute steal for the price. Highly recommended.

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  • 5 stars out of 5out of step

    Antoinette from romford

    My grand daughter recently immigrated to Barbados with her family. When she started school she found herself out of step with the rest of her classmates as they were all wearing Desert Boots. I received a desperate phone call asking me to purchase the said boots as she could not get her size in Barbados. They were duly dispatched to her and she is now one of the crowd. Thanks Clarks for saving by grand daughter's reputation as a fashionista

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  • 5 stars out of 5My Desert boots

    Mark from southampton

    I've always appreciated the quality of product and service from a genuine Clarks shop. I ordered a pair of desert boots on line for covenience and my local shop handled the return and re-order for the next size up (not in stock in that colour but they found a different colour to try on). Very cool boots that I know will last.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Most comfortable boots ever


    My husband has these in Black and I am now about to get him the Brown ones. He absolutely loves these desert boots. They are so stylish and extremely comfortable. He has problems with his feet, but can where these all day.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Like an old friend...

    Matthew from london

    These are my first new pair of Desert Boots in a long time and they haven't changed. My last pair was bought in the heady days of Britpop in the 1990's! A family and career in the meantime for me and you realise what makes a true staple for your wardrobe. Classic style and comfort and wearable in almost any occasion.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Lee from St Neots

    Lee, st. neots

    As always, Clark's are for the coolest kids. These are no exception - effortlessly stylish, comfortable, and so individual. I have 4 pairs of Clark's Desert Boots and I love them all. Just don't tell everyone though - don't want everyone joining in....

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  • 2 stars out of 5Leather inner-sole coming off of shoes

    Alex from london

    I've had these about 7 months now and unfortunately the leather inner-sole part is coming off the shoes. It curls up and scrunches under my feet and is not very comfortable to walk on. I'm contemplating gluing it back on myself, but I shouldn't really have to, given that I've had the shoes for less than a year and paid almost £100 for them. It's not really a sign of quality, I think you'll agree. It's not as if I wear them every day, either. They see moderate use at most. I bought them because I liked my suede Clarks desert boots so much but (thanks to the British climate) I can't really wear those for 90% of the year without risking messing them up. Those are pretty much fine structurally, by the way - but then I don't wear them very often. I've got a pair of Desert Khan brogues from Clarks too, and they're also structurally fine and I like them a lot, but once again they don't see much use because they're suede. I'm currently quite hesitant to buy anymore Clarks shoes because of this sole fiasco. Feedback from Clarks: We are very proud of the quality of our products and to ensure this all our new designs and materials are tested before they go on sale.  If you are disappointed with any of our products please return to a store with your receipt so a member of staff can investigate.

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  • 5 stars out of 5I Love My DBs!

    iain from bury st. edmunds

    What can I say? I have loved Clarks Desert Boots since way back when. Just bought my second pair and I am out to get the set! Comfortable, timeless style; often copied but there is nothing like the original, and classic, Clarks Desert Boot. A footware icon - a pair should be in the British Museum!

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  • 5 stars out of 5high quality

    gavin from aberdeen

    if you are buying a desert boot look no further. these ooze class and style,youll find mates asking about them etc...they are dureable and still have the same style after a years solid use![i do change with other clarks orginals]. a purchase no lad would regret,just go down a size!

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  • 3 stars out of 5Hearts Ruling Heads?

    Richard from bromley

    The classic style is undoubted, I used to wear suede ones all the time, but this boot feels like a compromise and an effort, perhaps too much of an effort. The way it is made doesn't translate well from suede to leather. A lot has been said about the instant comfort and softness of the crepe sole and I don't find this to be true at all. If you are used to wearing Nike trainers or Clarks walking shoes then you are instantly going from Bentley to Kia. If you are getting on a bit(as I am) and used to wear Doc's, then they're not quite chunky enough to recapture a little of that and I have read that when the crepe soles wear smooth they "skidpan" in the wet. An earlier reviewer commented that they dug in and that's true if go down onto your toes, be prepared for a hard leather V to dig in to your toe joints. Fact is that we want them to work, hope they will stretch and mould into a lovely leather foot glove. Perhaps that will be the case in 1000 miles but to begin with be prepared for the tongue to rub abrasively against the front of your leg and the top of the boot around the back. I remember a time when shoes had to be "worn in", you don't have to do that these days. I would recommend looking for a similar style designed more for comfort or that Clarks redisign the shoe to have a little more space over the instep and light padding where it is obviously going to remove skin in normal movement. Hope you find this useful. Don't understand why another reviewer said they couldn't be worn with a suit!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Happy Shopper

    Finlay from norwich

    I received my desert boots this morning. They are fantastic - made with very high quality leather, making them stylish and comfortable. The half size option allows for a precise fit - they have already moulded to my feet and the soles add cushioning. If you are considering buying a pair of desert boots, don’t buy a cheap mimic pair. These are well worth the extra money.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Had to have another pair!

    Alan from erith

    First pair of Clark's Originals exceeded my expectations, so I bought another pair! Also treated my son. I recommend this tried and tested design.

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  • 5 stars out of 5had to have another pair

    andrew from peterborough

    a good comfortable durable boot just had to have 2nd pair

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  • 4 stars out of 5Great shoes!

    Hayley from deeside

    I bought these only recently and they are very comfortable! I am a female with sightly wide feet but found it a little frustrating that I couldn't get these in a ladies leather version, but none the less they are great for every day wear!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Great product with extra efficient service

    Andrea, ixelles

    I was not sure if buying online these shoes since it is my first pair of clarks and I usually never buy shoes online, as I need to try them on first. However, I found the size guide very useful and since I have no store close to my place, I placed the order. It arrived earlier than expected. I was not available at home and calling the customer service I arranged another day for the delivery. As far as the product is concerned, I found it very confortable. I like the style and the colour. It really fits my look. To sum up, I am already thinking about the next model to buy...

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  • 5 stars out of 5Great Boots

    DEBORAH from dereham

    These are a complete classic. Comfortable, good choice of colours and good old Clarks quality. Agree that they are narrow so you need to go half a size up. They are a little long in the length of the foot but that is just getting picky!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Great boot.

    Robert, fareham

    A great boot and what I have come to expect from the original and still the best.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Great all-round shoe

    Jack, high wycombe

    The second pair of Desert Boots i've purchased. Good built quality, comfortable (once you've found the right size - i'm a half size) and stylish. Great service and delivery as I've come to expect from Clarks.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Good Lads

    Ashley, newcastle upon tyne

    Some say these desert boots are top notch whilst others say they are of the highest calibre. Some say they are simply magnificent, although critics of the these people would probably say they were forgetting the boots' humble beginnings.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Fantastic boots

    Oliver from cheltenham

    I don't know why it took me such a long time to wear boots, but this is my first pair of desert boots and they're great. I guess my feet must be slightly narrow. I ignored the advice to buy half a size larger and bought my regular size and they're fine. Although they may be narrow, they're roomy around the toes. About to buy another pair in a different colour.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Expensive, but worth it

    Nicholas from grimsby

    I've had both Clark's and cheap imitation desert boots and there is nothing like the original. Comfortable from day one and they only get better with time. More expensive than the others, but they last 3 times as long so work out cheaper in the end.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Excellent shoes

    These are my second pair of desert boots, my other pair are suede. The comfort and style these boots offer were the main reasons for me to buy a second pair. They look great under anything, I'd recommend anybody to buy a pair.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Ed

    Ed from whitstable

    I love these shoes soo much, they look terrific and are ridiculously confortable!! All I can say is don't wear them in wet weather!!

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  • 5 stars out of 5E of Telford

    Ernest from telford

    Just as comfortable as I remember decades ago. Still stylish after all those years

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  • 5 stars out of 5Desert Boots purple.

    kathleen from crewe

    Fantastic even better than I anticipated, lovely soft leather, can't wait to save up to buy another pair.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Desert boot

    Jayne from stoke-sub-hamdon

    Just the classic I was expecting. Great colour - goes with everything. Love the leather in-sole.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Dancing Shoes

    Jeremy from london

    I wear Clarks because I favour classic styles from brands with a strong heritage. I'd worn Wallabees for years but wanted to give Desert Boots a spin. (I have to admit I was partly inspired by the cool film icons of the 1960s, who rocked this shoe so elegantly.) I remember a friend from school saying the best way to break in a new pair of shoes is to take them dancing. Well, I got the perfect chance when I attended a jet set wedding in Hong Kong... I took to the dance floor in a fitted suit, knitted tie and my new sand coloured Desert Boots. I have to say I was quite a hit. I told people it was the shoes. I broke them in properly, and they definitely feel like mine now.

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  • 5 stars out of 5comfort and on trend

    Christine from bath

    These boots are the best, not only are they SO comfortable they are back in fashion (if they ever get out of it).

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  • 5 stars out of 5classic. original. worth it.

    Christa from london

    Always a classic, and withstanding the winds of fashion, these boots will be part of my wardrobe for a long time. Can't wait to get another colour!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Classic

    Guy from st. albans

    The original classic desert boot - nothing more needs saying!

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  • 5 stars out of 5Clarks Desert Boots

    Bruce from north walsham

    I hadn't bought a pair for some time and it was like welcoming back an old friend, just as comfortable and well made as I remember them, a great purchase

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  • 5 stars out of 5Black leather desert boots the best

    David from london

    Perfect fit, great shoes, just like the sixties. Thanks. This is my third pair this time around.

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  • 5 stars out of 5Best Desert Boots Ever!

    YI-CHAN from gateshead

    After doubting i finally ordered these and i'm glad i did! The quality is very good, nice leather and great colour combination!

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  • 5 stars out of 5At last

    HENRY from warwick

    I've always wanted a pair of original desert boots and now I've got one. They don't disappoint either; stylish and timeless and most of all exceptionally comfortable. Thanks for fulfilling a dream

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  • 5 stars out of 5All good...

    Rob from newcastle upon tyne

    Great pair of boots - really comfy and sufficiently durable for the winter months... The website was easy to use and they arrived in the post promptly and well packed. Recommended.

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  • 5 stars out of 5a shoe for life

    Robert from london

    There are a few products and items of clothing that I will undoubtedly purchase all of my life becuase they are a classic. The best. Desert Boots are one of these. They look great, go with everything and are comfortable. A must in any man's wardrobe.

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  • 5 stars out of 528 year old son loves this boot.

    pauline from middlesbrough

    My 28 year old son was looking for a pair of Desert Boots but couldn't find any to suit. I remember seeing these when looking for shoes for my hubby so I showed my son them, he seemed keen so I ordered him a pair. He is thrilled with them and admitted he wouldn't have dreamed of buying Clark's shoes but wouldn't hesitate in the future.

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  • 5 stars out of 51st ever pair

    Andrew from milton keynes

    I can't understand why I held out for so long. The boots arrived this morning and I have been wearing them all day, and they have to be the best pair of boots I have bought in years. Bought specifically for a trip to Oz, these will be the only pait I take. Brilliant.

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  • 5 stars out of 5

    Stephen from milton keynes

    I LOVE THESE BOOTS.!!! Cost a bit to get them to Australia (Clarks, when will you ship direct?), but well worth the cost. I want more...

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  • 5 stars out of 5

    Tafadzwa from stoke-on-trent

    You definitely can't go wrong with a pair of clarks boots! Anyway, anytime, whenever love them!!

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  • 4 stars out of 5There" a special room for a Desert Boot.


    This boot really makes my London walk perfect. Soft, Comfy, stylish and timeless! From street wear to Semi Casual it really fits my wardrobe.

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  • 5 stars out of 5

    Gavin from birmingham

    Quality still the same after all these years. The best desert boots you can buy!

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  • 5 stars out of 5

    Alexander, hamburg

    Ein Super Schuh anders kann man es nicht sagen

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  • 5 stars out of 5

    Alexander, hamburg

    Sehr guter Schuh bin sehr zufrieden

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