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Clarks X Horween Desert Boot Collaboration (End Clothing Fall Sale)

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Clarks Desert Boots have a long thread on this forum but I didn't think they were anything special - until I stumbled across a notice that Clarks teamed up with the famed American leather maker Horween to produce an upscale version of its iconic boots!

They are available on End Clothing in classic tan - for $119 and in burgundy for $126 and feature Horween famous leather construction with a crepe sole. Sizing is typical UK and I bought the tan. I mean with this kind of special treatment, how I could resist passing up the chance to get a high quality Clarks leather desert boot? And when its Horween - that was enough to make me jump and get them!

This is a really unique collaboration between the two companies and I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. I'm glad it came out at last!
 

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It's still just a Clarks boot - just with decent leather. The construction is most likely the same as run of the mill Clarks quality. I guess the price isn't too bad, but there are plenty of higher quality alternatives.
 
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It's still just a Clarks boot - just with decent leather. The construction is most likely the same as run of the mill Clarks quality. I guess the price isn't too bad, but there are plenty of higher quality alternatives.
The leather should outlast the crepe sole and one can rebuild the boots down the road with more rugged soles. For Horween leather boots, the price is pretty good! You can pay more but why?
 

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For Horween leather boots, the price is pretty good! You can pay more but why?

Because you may buy a pair of shoes that will last and look good for many seasons.
 

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Because you may buy a pair of shoes that will last and look good for many seasons.
Exactly. Horween leather has that kind of quality, being around 105 years and no one says a bad word about them. A high quality leather pair of boots or shoes - with proper care, should last a lifetime.
 
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How does Clarks and high quality end up in the same sentence?
 

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How does Clarks and high quality end up in the same sentence?
Their regular imported footwear made in Asia as I wrote at the start of the thread is nothing special! So if you can get it cheap, we all know the regular Clarks line is nothing like when they made it in the UK back during the day.

I think though its worth paying the extra for the limited edition Horween Clarks. Quality American leather and the English heritage are a great combo. And that's the kind of thing we like on this site.
 

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These are still made in the same place though right?

I bought the dark green DBs and they were lovely, but I returned them to fund another shoe purchase. From a practical point of view I don't really see the point - DBs aren't a particularly hard wearing shoe and the construction means they still soak up rain like a sponge. The quality of the horween leather was great, but has little to no impact on the shoe as a whole (by which I mean nothing else has been upgraded to create a more durable overall product).
From a fanboy point of view, they'll be super comfy and look great and ill probably buy them again at some point. Disappointed They didn't do half sizes though!
 

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My boots in classic tan just shipped! I received an e-mail from End Clothing letting me know the Clarks are on their way. I ordered mine in UK size 8.
 

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These are still made in the same place though right?

I bought the dark green DBs and they were lovely, but I returned them to fund another shoe purchase. From a practical point of view I don't really see the point - DBs aren't a particularly hard wearing shoe and the construction means they still soak up rain like a sponge. The quality of the horween leather was great, but has little to no impact on the shoe as a whole (by which I mean nothing else has been upgraded to create a more durable overall product).
From a fanboy point of view, they'll be super comfy and look great and ill probably buy them again at some point. Disappointed They didn't do half sizes though!
They only ship them in the exact UK size. And since I know the fit, it isn't a problem for me. Horween I think is worth the cost and while I agree the classic crepe soles aren't hard wearing, the boots can be resoled with a more durable sole. Many SF forum members have done that with their Clarks DB and they're pleased. There is no reason not to keep them since they're great looking and super comfy!
 
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Exactly. Horween leather has that kind of quality, being around 105 years and no one says a bad word about them. A high quality leather pair of boots or shoes - with proper care, should last a lifetime.

No. Totally missed the point.
You're either high or this is the first pair of boots you've owned.
A crappy pair of boots made with Horween leather is still a crappy pair of boots.
Also, there's already a thread for Clarks DBs.
 

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No. Totally missed the point.
You're either high or this is the first pair of boots you've owned.
A crappy pair of boots made with Horween leather is still a crappy pair of boots.
Also, there's already a thread for Clarks DBs.
You don't like the brand and you think Horween doesn't improve on it? Fine!

No one is forcing you to buy them! The point you totally missed on by the way is a collab between Clarks and Horween doesn't come along every day and the point of this collection is that its a limited edition collection.

The other thread is for the standard Clark's DB stuff which is why a separate thread on the collab seemed justified.
 

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Horween leather is used by LOTS of boot-makers.
We can go step by step about why the construction of DBs is terrible...
Are you getting a kickback?
You seem a little unnaturally enthused.
 
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Horween leather is used by LOTS of boot-makers.
We can go step by step about why the construction of DBs is terrible...
Are you getting a kickback?
You seem a little unnaturally enthused.
That's true. I noted that standard line DBs are nothing special.

Of course not but I do like seeing the construction get improved.
 

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The point being made is that the construction hasn't been improved. If you put high-grade components together in a poor fashion then the outcome won't be great - the Horween swing tag might guarantee the quality of the leather, but it doesn't guarantee the quality of the overall product because the upper material is only one factor.
In terms of durability they're the same as run-of-the-mill DBs IMO.
 

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