Desert Shoe Horween Black


Desert shoes, lightweight and cool, perfect for summer. 

More work goes into our unlined Desert shoes than a fully lined pair. There's a lot more than just removing the lining in order to create a good shoe.

The profiled back-seam cups your heel for a secure fit, and suede counter lining adds an extra level of heel grip. The toplines are beaded and a cord reinforcement enclosed within to limit stretch so the shoe doesn't gape, and inside the topine and eyelet facings are reinforced with an extra layer of Chromexcel, which completes the finished look of our shoes.

Our design also features asymmetric quarters, where the inside quarter sits higher than the outside, offering better support with plenty of clearance for ankle bones. These are structured shoes with all the benefits of an unlined construction; shoes made the right way.

Stitchdown construction on natural crepe soles available with your choice of opaque edge stain in black (pictured) or brown, or choose one of our Vibram cleated soles in Natural or Black.

Full weight (5 oz.) Horween Chromexcel leather with a sheep suede counter lining, buffed 3mm leather insoles, and padded leather heel sock. Extra refinements include beaded edges reinforced with cord to prevent stretching over time, and Chromexcel facings for the eyelets, setting these apart from any standard unlined shoe.

Horween Chromexcel is thick (5 oz., or 2.0-2.2mm), yet supple in wear. The natural waxes in the leather warm up with your body heat letting the leather conform and flex to your feet with ease. 

EVA mid-sole for shock absorption, and Beechwood shank for arch support.

Want this shoe in another Horween colour? We stock Chromexcel in Burgundy, Black, Navy, Brown, and Natural. Use the contact form and we'll make it for you.

Sizing Information

Please use the table below as a guide. To measure foot length, you need a flat surface adjacent to a vertical plane such as a wall or cupboard. Place a ruler on the ground and butt it up against the wall, then stand next to it with your heel pushed against the same wall and take the measurement to the tip of your toe. You are looking for the longest measurement, so this might not always be at your big toe.

Alternatively, place a sheet of paper on the ground and butted up to the wall as above, stand on it with your heel against the same wall, and mark with a pencil around your longest toe. Hold the pencil at a slight angle to get the nib closer in to your toe to take account for the thickness of the pencil. Take care not to draw your line underneath your toe, giving a false measurement. Next, measure the length from the heel end of your paper to the pencil line.

Our lasts run true to size according to Standard Last Length measurements. If you are unsure which size to choose after taking your measurement, contact us and we will compare you measurement to our lasts for the most suitable size.

Looking at the table below, we give the shoe inside length by size. You want your foot length to be between 10-15mm under this measurement. If you prefer a little extra width for your little toe, choose a size closest to your foot length + 15mm.

Size Guide
UK Size 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5
Euro Size 36 37 37.5 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47 47.5
USA Size 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5
Shoe inside length (mm) 241 246 250 254 258 262 267 271 275 279 284 288 292 296 301 305 309 313 318
Suggested Foot length (mm) 226 231 235 239 243 247 252 256 260 264 269 273 277 281 286 290 294 298 303

UK Width
F Narrow
G Standard
GX Standard - Wide
H Wide

All of our shoes are 'G' fitting as standard. Please get in touch if you require a different width fitting and we can make it.

Shipping & Delivery

  • UK delivery - Free
  • Europe - £10
  • Rest of the world - £22
  • Dispatch time is an estimated 14 days from the date you place your order to allow for manufacturing of your order. If your order is in stock it will be dispatched sooner, but most products are made to order. We cannot be held responsible for delays caused by postal services.