Another recent trend has been the revival of the Crepe sole. First made famous by the Clarks’ Desert Boot in 1949, after British Army officers stationed in Cairo found a comfortable rubber soled footwear option in the bazaar that could withstand the harsh desert conditions. The crepe soled desert boot was adopted by the British Mod culture as a staple fashion accessory in the 60s and is now back in favour and appearing on many more shoe and boot styles including the Chelsea Boot. Base London crepe style, resin soles are far more durable than traditional Crepe. Although stylish, there are also pitfalls to the authentic Crepe Sole. Being made of plantation rubber, it eventually perishes, gets hard and then splits. They’ll also pick up dirt and discolour very quickly, which is why at Base London we use resin based, imitation crepe soles. They’re far more durable and a lot easier on the wallet too while maintain the on-trend look. If you’d like to see more essential trends for Spring Summer 17 check out this article, or for a free personal stylist—and lots of great style tips—check out Thread.