Clarks 65th Anniversary Desert Boots

The brand most trusted by renegades celebrates 190 years with 14 limited artist editions of its iconic lace-up

by Caroline Kinneberg Clarks’ original Desert Boots have been appropriated throughout history by a surprisingly diverse range of subcultures. A member of the Clarks family first designed them in 1950, inspired by a pair of boots spotted at a bazaar in Cairo, Egypt. Initially adopted by off-duty army officers, the shoes became an icon of Britain’s Mods in the ’60s. They took off in Paris …

Clarks + DOOM: Limited Edition Wallabee

The unlikely footwear staple in hip-hop fashion history gets the NY treatment from the mysterious rapper

Only a handful of shoe designs can claim a true hip-hop pedigree. The Adidas Superstar (sans laces) owes its street cred to Run-DMC while the ’90s East Coast rap scene’s affinity for Timberland boots tripled sales over the decade. And British shoemaker Clarks owes part of its success to the Wu Tang Clan. The NY-based crew started wearing Wallabees (a moccasin-inspired shoe developed in Ireland) …