Menswear Essentials | The Desert Boot

With the ability to dress this one up or down, coupled with its ease of wear and comfort, its a no brainer to why the Desert Boot will be stamped as an essential piece of footwear. From the mind of British soldier Nathan Clark and brought to life by Clarks Originals.

As classic/ essential the desert boot may feel to us today it did not receive the praises from Clarks Original when it was first presented to them. Nathan Clark was actually looked down upon for his design and had been sent overseas to manage production and doing so hopefully taking his mind off the design. It wasn’t until a year later where Nathan Clark debuted the desert boot at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1950. From that moment the design blew up and had everyone in the world of footwear in love with the design.

The same reasons why the Desert Boot were first loved in the 1950s: can be dressed either up or down, rarely had to be cared for, and art affordable. Are the same reason why we still love them today. In my honest opinion if you plan on getting yourself a pair of Desert Boots. I would advise you to stick to the classic pair of Clarks. These days the desert comes in an array of colours and patterns for you to choose from, which is all well and good, but, you’re very limited on what you can wear these with. So, it’s best just to stick to the classics when buying a pair, just say you can get the wear out of your investment.

Menswear Essentials | Cargo Pants



 Photography By Oliviero Fontana

Originally designed for the military in the 1930s, cargo pants are loose fitting trousers designed to be extremely durable and be suitable for tough outdoor activities. They are typically characterized by multiple large pockets that were traditionally used to hold field dressings and other equipment. Crafted for paratroopers who literally had to jump out of a plane and be ready for battle the second they hit the ground. The cargo pant has stood through the test of time and carries quite a history.

Despite their reputation for being unfashionable, cargo pants are one of the biggest trend pieces for this season. As skinny trousers become replaced by more baggy alternatives, cargo trousers will become increasingly more popular. They have been looked at as really masculine, and at other moments in time they have been looked at as lame and uncool. They can be spotted being sported by comic book nerds to soldiers on the frontline, ready to step into action at any given moment. The cargo pant is like the double-agent of the menswear world, simultaneously working for both sides of the field – the cool and the uncool.

Arguably the most traditional cargo pant style, Khaki is a colour originally worn by the military for camouflage. Army cargo pants for men have been around ever since they were invented. The practical applications of these trousers make them excellent for extreme jobs. However, the stylish khaki colour also means they’re great for wearing casually. Pair them with a white shirt and a heavy duty workman jacket for a great everyday look.