On occasion of the 65th birthday of their most iconic shoe model, the Desert Boot, Clarks has started the initiative Clarks:Reebooted where 14 British artist were invited to design their very own Desert Boot interpretation.

The 14 original artworks are part of an exhibition which travels different design events worldwide during 2015. I was started off during Design Shan in March and is currently on show in Milan for Salone del Mobile (April 14-19). Afterwards, the show will be moved to Frieze New York (May 14-17), before finding its home in London’s CitizenM Hotel between London Design Festival (September 13-21) and Frieze London (October 15-18). After that, the art works will be up for auction.

Desert Boot artist editions on display
Desert Boot artist editions on display


Each of the individualized boots was reproduced in a 250-pieces limited edition for commercialization. The “Designer Desert Boots” retail at €250 with 5% of the profit being donated by Clarks to HALO Trust. HALO Trust is the UK’s biggest charity organization, specialized on removing fatal detritus, such as land mines or fragmentation bombs.

The 14 involved artists are usually working in different disciplines from painting to product design. Amongst them are painter Frank Bowling, Lee Broom, Tom Price, design studio Toogood, Bob and Roberta Smith, Alexandra Llewellyn, Adam Dant, Amy Stephens, Adam Ball, Rene Gonzalez, Marc Quinn, Gordon Cheung, Richard Caldicott and Kacper Hamilton.