Saturday, February 19, 2011

Clarks Desert Boots

Bought my Clarks DB back in Dec 2010. There was this Amazon Black Friday Sale and luckily, I managed to get my pair of Clarks DB at less than SGD$100 after shipping! The retail price was S$165 iirc. (ok, they got to pay rent, staff, overheads etc)

The DB is great. Comfortable right out of the box, no break-in needed.

After a month or so of wearing:

During which, I had several near-slip incidents due to the Crepe Sole. It was comfortable, no doubt about it. But there was little traction and I almost slipped and fell several times during/after rain when walking on cement floors.

So I decided the crepe must go. The DB is too good to be worn only on a good weather. And in Singapore, you can have Mr Sunshine smiling at you one minute, and the next, Miss Rainy comes to say Hi!

And so, I went to Masterfix Services to replace the crepe soles with Vibram Gumlite. Pricey, as compared to the cost of the shoe, but it was well worth it.

The cobblers surprised me with a new buffed and polished look when I went to collect them. Love it!

I know the shine won't stay. It's already slowly falling back to its rugged look now (less than a month since they were polished)

They are now my daily work shoes and sometimes when I'm bored, I will just admire the leather...


  1. Hey, your DBs' look awesome! Btw, how much the the sole replacement cost you? Did you order the soles yourself or are they available over at Masterfix Services? I'm interested in the Christy sole.


  2. Hi Nas! Thanks for the comment. They were available at Masterfix. I'm not sure if they have the Christy sole but maybe you want to give them a call to check? Looking forward to see your resoled DBs too! :D

  3. Hey. Thanks for the reply. I'll give em' a call soon. Btw, how much did the re-sole-ing cost?

    Cheers :)

  4. Frankly speaking, it was quite expensive. SGD$80. I got my DBs for less than SGD$100 during the amazon sale. You can say I'm crazy but I just can't risk wearing the crepe soles out in Singapore's weather. A sudden downpour and I will be like walking on ice. Do check them out. :D

  5. wow. that's expensive. i think it's worth it if your planning on using it for a very long time. anyways, thanks so much for the info. :)

  6. Yeah, and you're most welcome! Its been going on strong and the evolution on the beeswax leather looks amazing now. Will update the pictures soon. Stay tuned!

  7. this is clarks db beeswax?


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