20 March 2013

Inspired by Nathan Clark.

Whilst I'm more of an Originals kind of guy, these are a nice touch from Clarks in homage to the late Grandaddy of suede shoes, most notably the classic Desert boot, Nathan Clark.
Born in Street, Somerset in 1916, Nathan was an Oxbridge scholar, a soldier and a global ambassador for the family business founded by his forbears, James and Cyrus Clark. He was a collector of classic cars and an Englishman in New York. He was also a shoemaker whose lifelong passion led him to create not only the iconic Desert Boot but also a whole range of ground-breaking footwear styles still very much influencing today's market.
Throughout his life Nathan’s sense of adventure and curiosity took him all over the world but, true to his roots, he kept an office at Clarks’ UK headquarters. It was a retreat which, after Nathan’s death in 2011, revealed a treasure trove of sketches, ideas and inspirations. And among the dusty piles of unfinished projects, one in particular cried out to be completed.
Nameless then, but now reborn as Duty Desert and Duty Trek, the resurrected style is both an homage to Nathan’s original vision and a modern classic.

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