What kind of shoes did Steve McQueen wear in The Great Escape?

A booklet that comes with these shoes says they are Clark's Desert BootsMcQueen also wore them off-screen, according to Clark's

(These can be ordered from Amazon.com. Click on image below: )

Clarks Desert Boot

The Clark's booklet says:

(Thanks to Paul Dezentjé for the above info)


However, the boots McQueen wore in the movie do not appear to be Clark's Desert Boots. They are standard GI Issue M-43 Roughout Boots, which were worn by U.S. troops during World War 2 and would be correct for the character of Hilts.  

Replicas of this WWII boot are made by various manufacturers. Toys McCoy, a Japanese company licensed to sell McQueen products, has replicas of McQueen's Great Escape boots with the following description: 

TOYS McCOY JAPAN-The Great Escape-Steve McQueen-Service Shoes 

" Toys McCoy scarce Steve McQueen Legend Collection boots. These are the same style M-43 service shoes that Steve McQueen wore in The Great Escape movie. They come in an attractive fully illustrated box. No doubt will be a high-end collectible. Made with the best materials and detail only a Japanese maker could produce. Wear or display them, you'll need to make that choice."  (these replicas sell on Ebay for $649) 



What were Steve McQueen's favorite shoes?

Neile McQueen, Steve's first wife, mentions in her book what brand of shoes McQueen wore the most.

"He was featured in all the fashion magazines-mens and womens-modeling the latest sportswear and also the Cardin and Brioni suits he favored at that time-along with the Murray’s Space Shoes he insisted on wearing. Steve had problems with his feet and knees and was almost always in pain due to all the injuries he’d suffered in motorcycle racing accidents. The Danny Kaye suggested Steve try these shoes and they’d save him a lot of pain. He had several pairs made for him and very rarely wore anything else. They looked a little odd under those expensive clothes and also gave the mistaken impression that he wore lifts. Not true. At five feet ten and a half, there was no reason to."

Murray's Space Shoes are really ugly. 

From the manufacturers website:

MURRAY SPACE SHOES are truly custom made because our unique process captures all the three dimensional measurements, all the top, side and bottom contours of YOUR feet before shoemaking begins. We don’t pinch, squeeze or distort YOUR feet to put them into some arbitrary shape.

Every shoe, boot and sandal is truly custom made for each foot by a unique molding process. Many shoemakers claim “custom made” for advertising purposes, but MURRAY SPACE SHOE really makes custom made shoes, custom made boots and custom made sandals according to the shape of YOUR feet.

The inside of MURRAY SPACE SHOES are made to fit YOUR feet. MURRAY SPACE SHOES are custom made by molding them to plaster casts the shape and size of YOUR individual feet. That is WHY they are the most comfortable shoes in the World!


Unbelievably these shoes are still being made, and the Murray's Space Shoes website is as ugly as the shoes.


It's true. McQueen really did wear them.