The Clarks Desert Boot. Created by Nathan Clark in 1950, it became an icon of rebellion for the Parisian students of ‘68, a fashion icon to the Mods, and a symbol of status to the Reggae generation of Jamaica. The shoe that to this day stands as an icon of style. Often imitated. Never bettered.
Above we see Clarks present three short films, each documenting a different era of the Clarks Dessert Boot. First up, “Steve Barrow & The Mods” returns to an era of slim fits and Vespas, a story told by Barrows himself, better known as “the Mod from Manor Park'. Followed by Magnum photographer and Parisian, Barbey, who took to the streets, camera in hand, to capture the May 1968 student riots and finishing with Reggae artist, Stitch, who talks us through the rise of the brand in Jamaica during the ’70s as its faithful followers flouted their government’s import ban bringing their favourite Clarks styles back from England by the suitcase.