Nathan Middleton Clark, was far more then just a producer of exceptionally comfortable, design classics of footwear. Born in Street, Somerset in 1916, Nathan Clark was an Oxbridge scholar, a soldier and a global ambassador for the family business founded by his forbears, James and Cyrus Clark. He was a collector of classic cars and an Englishman in New York and if that wasn’t enough, he was also a shoemaker whose lifelong passion led him to create not only the iconic Desert Boot but also a whole range of ground-breaking footwear styles.
Throughout his life Nathan’s sense of adventure and curiosity took him all over the world but, true to his roots, he kept an office at Clarks’ UK headquarters. It was a retreat which, after Nathan’s death in 2011, revealed a treasure trove of sketches, ideas and inspirations. And among the dusty piles of unfinished projects, one in particular cried out to be completed.
Nameless then, but now reborn as Duty Desert and Duty Trek, the resurrected style is both an homage to Nathan’s original vision and a modern classic.