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    Best Desert Boot?



    I know, you'd probably say Clarks. I have a pair, and I just feel they're too flimsy to be any form of formal. I need something with a little more firmness.


    Slim toe, and rather basic/small looking. I've seen a few people recently wearing desert boots that were clearly not made by Clarks.


    So, what are your favorite desert boot-like shoes?


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    I have a pair of Wolverine desert boots I recently purchased and really enjoyed, but they have a soft top like a Clarks - they're just a bit firmer through the toe and sides. Maybe you're looking for something like a chukka boot - as far as I can tell (don't quote me on this), the only difference between a chukka and a desert boot is that the chukka is firm all the way up and isn't made of that soft material.

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      #3


      In that vein, my favorite is Alden's chukka...but it ain't cheap.


      http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/t...-Chukka/Detail

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        #4


        I have the Wolverine dessert boots and I like them. The sole has a lot better grip than the Clarks and I can wear it even if it's a little chilly...

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          #5


          Seeing Clark's DBs in thrift stores made me stay away from them... I hate how the crepe soles look after some wear. I'd go with a different sole for sure.

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            #6


            Here ya go:


            http://www.ebay.com/itm/250975282084...#ht_818wt_1413

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              #7


              @dev: Allen Edmonds makes one called the Amok. It's like a desert boot from the top and dress shoe from the bottom. They're not cheap, but they're not as expensive as full-on AE dress shoes, either. Certain colors have been on sale since the beginning of the year.


              http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF3034_1_40000000001_-1


              I haven't personally tried them on so I can't speak for them, but if you're avoiding chunky boots and what somethnig just slightly more formal, this might be an option. They're just shy of the height of a typical desert boot so that's something to consider.

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                #8


                @JC, those are absolutely gorgeous. +1 on the dislike of how the crepe soles look as well.

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                  #9


                  The Amok boot that Alan mentioned is on sale at the AE Outlet for $99.50 until 2/6/12. You can call in an order to any outlet and they will ship for free.

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                    #10


                    Yes, I think maybe a chukka is what I should be looking at.


                    @Jason — That is far too dressy for school, although very handsome.


                    @OnlyShawn — Yup. Something like that for less than an iPad.

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                      #11


                      The AE Amok looks nice in this color: http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

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                        #12


                        Hey what's going on everyone, I'm a daily reader and infrequent poster on the normal site, and I figured I'd finally join in the forum too..lots of great ideas and suggestions in here.


                        But anyways, I happen to be a fan of the crepe sole on the Clark's but have you guys ever tried the bushacres?: http://www.amazon.com/Clarks-Mens-Bu.../dp/B0045H7XKY The main difference is the sole, and it's probably a lot easier to keep clean than the regular crepe one, plus I've heard they're even more comfortable

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                          #13


                          Just got Clark's Bushacres online for $85 in beeswax leather. Pretty standard darker brown, which gets a smidge darker once I worked in the waterproofing conditioner the Clarks store rep recommended. Basically they said it was the desert boot with a more durable sole. Pretty comfortable, never owned a desert boot but seem like a good go-to shoe.

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                            #14


                            Was also looking for an alternative to clark's recently. Came across these but didn't end up making a purchase:


                            http://www.sebago.com/US/en-US/Produ...0/Mens/Tremont

                            http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/men/shoe...32304-jadon/40

                            http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/cat...ctGroup=528675

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                              #15


                              I like those Sebagos.

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