Desert Boots – “I Bet You’ll Look Good On My Dads Floor”..
When it comes to finding a decent pair of shoes the old adage of “Comfort over Style” (or “Style over Comfort” if you’re a women in Stilettos) comes into play. You can’t always live your life in slippers or trainers – Although I am sure many of us would secretly like to. No, if you are looking for something smart, classic and understated then you have to invest in a bit of quality rather than trying to latch on to the latest trends for people half your age.
This is where the classics come into play, you can’t go much wrong with a decent pair of Desert Boots, no matter what your age. Developed by British Army “Desert Rats” in the 1950’s initially and then adapted and sold to millions of Mods in the 60’s they have never really gone out of style. I’ve lost count of the pairs I have owned over the years, as they are just as good with a pair of jeans as they do with a decent slim-fit suit, for a really understated level of cool.
Making shoes that look great isn’t difficult, making shoes that are really comfortable at the same time can be tricky, but it can be can be done. So, here’s the proof, a mix of comfort and style, functional with a nice level of quality and most importantly for me – two lace eyelets, not three! Gotta be two! The Danish shoe brand ECCO isn’t someone I would normally associate with producing a decent Desert Boot, but that is exactly what they have done.
Gotta to be two holes!
ECCO produce all their own leather and its shows in the quality, it really is a little bit of luxury for the every day.
However, do make sure that ” every day ” isn’t in the heart of winter, Deserts Boots don’t exactly fare well in the rain and slush. I think the name “Desert Boot” might have something to do with it…. Be careful as the last thing you want to do is ruin a smart looking outfit by having horribly damp or stained footwear, not to mention damp socks….
For me, when it comes to choosing colours it’s always been sticking to the classic dark brown or sand versions. Dark jeans, a nice Fred Perry t-shirt and a pair of boots takes me right back to my misspent youth listening to bands like The Who, Blur and the god-like Paul Weller. To get a sense of what that looks like think Jimmy from Quadrophenia on his sick day before the trip to Brighton and you’ll get the idea.
However, some people that ECCO are catering for are brave enough to go for Chilli Red or Blue on the colour front, thinking I might try and be a bit radical I settled for Grey..( Well, I am knocking on a bit and really really can’t see myself ever wearing red shoes..), but it is a really nice soft tone that it very works well as you can see, when on paper, it really doesn’t.
Modern, lace-up desert boot style
- Uppers of cow suede are naturally soft and breathable
- Full leather lining is breathable and moisture-absorbent
- Leather-covered insole with ECCO Comfort Fibre System and PORON, for a soft and cushioned base layer
At £120.00 from here, there are certainly not the cheapest boot on the street, but I think if you can, it is always nice to treat yourself a bit.
So where do you stand? Boots, Slip-on’s, High- heels pumps? What does what’s on your feet say about you?