Turf boots, Chukkas, and most famously the desert boot; all names for the well known and loved three or two eyelet-ed, crepe soled, ankle high leather boot. Conceived by Officer Nathan Clark (great-grandson of James Clark - one of the two founders of C&J Clark Ltd. and pictured above) in the 1940’s, the shoe debuted at the Chicago Shoe Fair in 1950.
Drawing inspiration from the footwear of the Egyptian military uniform which he saw while touring in WWII, Nathan drafted concepts which later became the Clarks Desert Boot. One of the worlds most recognized shoe silhouettes.
Not catching on at first, the shoe was marketed towards tourists in England and saw more success overseas than in the US. Arguably it was Esquire magazine’s full-color feature of the shoes in the early 50’s that laid the foundation for their popularization in the 60’s and beyond. Now a a staple in most gentleman’s shoe selections, they are a classy, durable option for semi-formal and business-casual footwear.
The second annual design competition, local Eugene jewelry store Beaudet Jewelry takes an afternoon to foster the creativity and imagination of the girls of Ophelia’s Place. Designing possible prizes for a benefit drawing, the design that gets the most votes will be hand-fabricated by Charles Beaudet and raffled off.
All proceeds go the the organization Ophelia’s Place which “provides services that intervene at an early point in a girls life, giving her an opportunity to develop supportive relationships and strengths that will lead to her long-term well-being. Interventions help prevent tragic and costly outcomes such as domestic violence, low educational achievement, early pregnancy, or drug and alcohol abuse.”
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*EDIT* - Polls end 9/1!