Update: Because it’s Bourdain Day, we’re reposting this piece from just over two years ago that celebrated the man’s penchant for the Clarks Originals Desert Boot. It’s still a great footwear choice, and a good one to wear while raising a glass to his memory. (The text below has been changed only slightly to remove reference to out of stock products. The rest remains as it was written on 6/21/17.)
When it comes to easy and consistently stylish outfits, it’s imperative to find a shoe that keeps it all in tact. And (who knew?) celebrity chef, Balvenie enthusiast, and television host extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain might just the answer to your next footwear investment: a classic desert boot.
Bourdain is pretty open about his love for the desert boot—specifically, the OG Clarks version. Back in 2013, he told us “they go off and on very quickly, they’re super comfortable, you can beat the hell out of them, and they’re cheap.” The Clarks Originals desert boot rings it at $130 flat for the tan suede iteration Bourdain wears most often. And he has the right attitude: They are indeed one of the most versatile shoes a man can have in his collection. You can even wear them when it’s hot out!
He often documents his shoes on Instagram, complete with some low-key inspiration for simple outfits. Think pared-down essentials: just the boots, a good pair of jeans, and a T-shirt. Sometimes he throws on a pair of shades or a watch, but that’s about it. For example:
If you’re feeling the look (and you should be), we have good news: You, too, can wear these boots.