Sorry false report from Mr Herb Lester I’m afraid – see comments below. Herb is much apologetic, but easy mistake to make – the ‘Tobacco Suede’ are the colour of loden cloth, whereas the Loden Suede are so dark green as to be almost black. Go figure.
My Loden Green desert boots arrived from the USA last week after the usual theft by HMRC of 20% of the dollar amount taxed as if it were GBP. Anyway, that aside, the colour is great but they also suffer from a trait that I remember from the last pair of Loden I bought (which was in 1983!). That is the suede is like concrete. Almost as if to get that dark, dark green they have to spray the suede with colour. The result is a rigid boot, far from the soft comfortable tobacco pair I picked up in Clarks’ sale recently.
Hopefully they will break in.
Good news also for those who can’t be bothered with buying from Ebay USA, the Clarks store opposite Aquascutum in Regent St (remember Peter Lord?) has a ‘pop-up shop’ (Stupid, I know. Why the hell are they not selling the full range of Clarks Originals in the flagship stores anyway?) where you can pick up the desert boot in Loden, presumably for a limited time.
Also Office are currently stocking the nice cola colour (that Clarks seem have dropped again) but without the horrible table cloth lining – downside is they stock full sizes only.
Our very own up-beat intellectual colleague Mr Herb Lester, visited the pop up shop last week and let me know. He did say that he wasn’t a fan of the Loden himself due to their prevalance amongst Italian tourists milling about outside his Bloomsbury office. I have to disagree with him there, without our Italian friends the Clarks Desert Boot would have been consigned to history decades ago.