setting the record straight: mcqueen’s footwear
i realize steve mcqueen’s boots have been covered ad nauseum in the blogosphere, but the photo above made me check my facts again. you often hear people say that mcqueen wore clarks desert boots in the great escape. not true. he actually wore m-43 service boots like the ones pictured below (click read more).
so did mcqueen ever wear clark’s desert boots? honestly, i don’t think he did. the boots you see in the picture at the beginning of the post look like clarks, but they’re not. they’re actually huttons original playboy boots. they’re brown suede like clarks, but have a thicker soul. huttons went out of business in late 1970s, but licensed the style and name to a swedish company (facts per steve mcqueen style). the license changed hands over the years and were marketed here in the us as “players” due to the legal issues using the name “playboy.”
if you’re looking for a boot that’s identical to mcqueen’s, here are two options: the first is made by a uk company called sanders. the second is sid mashburn’s take on the classic playboy boot (pictured below):
here’s an in color close-up of his boots in the film bullitt:
if you can’t afford a $300+ pair of boots, then clarks are a decent option at under $100. they look close enough.