Boots To Last a Lifetime!
Alright well maybe not a lifetime. That being said these boots are amazing, and still going strong after 2 years of ownership! My barber raved about these boots when I was getting my hair cut and after my cut I was sold that I needed a pair. My awesome wife picked them up for my birthday and I could not be happier with how they have turned out.
History behind the boot:
British soldiers first started wearing these boots! Nathan Clark first saw service men in Burma wearing suede boots with crepe soles and learned that the boots were designed to resist the harsh conditions of the desert region. He took this idea back with him to Somerset and in the 1940’s he went into production. The design is still very much the same as it was then compared to today!
When to wear them?
I wear these boots mostly during fall, winter, and early spring. They are very comfortable and are very water resistant if you take care of them. I will go deeper into how to care for them but they have been a very resilient boot. I like to wear them with jeans or chinos and because they are leather they go with just about everything. They can be dressed down or dressed up depending on the occasion.
How to keep ’em going and going:
Clarks sells a product called Weather Guard. This weather guard helps keep the boots water resistant and also keeps the leather from drying out. I usually use the product once a month unless we get really harsh weather. The before and after with this product is incredible and I know that I can get at least another 2 years out of these boots if I take care of them. While initially expensive, they definitely are worth the purchase since they last so long. Keep shoe trees in them to keep them from buckling in the front!
Weather Guard: (Only at a Clarks location)
Honestly there are only two downsides to these boots, the first being that they come with terrible laces. The second downside is that the crepe soles will get dirty fast. If that is a deal breaker for you, look into the rubber sole version. TJ Maxx often will sell this kind for a cheap steal if you are looking on a budget!
To fix the lace part of this boot I found an awesome store in Lancaster, (thanks to Chris!) called Ellicott which carries Red Wing boot lace replacements! At $6.99 they are a little expensive for what they are but they make the boots feel even more sturdy. You can also find them at Amazon, click the picture to head there!
That’s it for today, let me know what your go to boot is down below and enjoy the weekend!