NPS X CLARKS DESERT BOOT
THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY DESERT BOOT - CLARKS ORIGINAL
The Independent newspaper featured an article promoting the 9 best English-made men's shoes. The iconic Clarks Originals Desert Boot (which was previously manufactured by NPS Shoes) ranked at number 4.
In 2015, Clarks Originals celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Desert Boot with a special ‘Made in England’ collaboration alongside NPS Shoes and the famous Charles. F Stead tannery. As the last remaining private-label footwear manufacturer in the UK, NPS Shoes was the logical choice for the Limited Edition collaboration. Manufacturing a total of 1950 pairs, each hand-numbered boot was crafted from the original Sand Cordova Velour suede featuring the distinctive orange midsole stitching.
The handcrafted Anniversary collection celebrated the artisan skills at the centre of British manufacturing, including the traditional stitch-down construction method known as Veldtschoen. Unlike common manufacturing methods where the upper is turned under the insole, with Veldtschoen, the leather upper is turned outwards and stitched directly to the midsole. Advantages of the stitch-down technique include durability and comfort.
Launched in 2019, the Wallace suede boot (part of the NPS Casual Collection) pays homage to the iconic Clarks Originals design. Featuring high quality suede, tonal stitching, waxed flat laces and a natural crepe sole, the design is available in Sand, Navy, Chocolate Brown and Amarone.