With a heritage steeped in class the humble Clarks Wallabee is a very familiar style for most of our readers. Held in high regards from Rap icons such as Ghost Face Killer and the Wu Tang Clan, Kanye and Pharrell, “Bees” have been a go to for those in the know for years now. Originally releasing in 1967 the Wallabee is even credited to have helped save the company from bankruptcy in 1993.
To truly master the ‘subtle flex’ of Wallabees takes a very particular style. A good pair of Bees ooze quality; crepe soles, premium leathers, suedes and available in high or low cut varieties. For this they were quickly adopted as favourites around the world, from New York to Tokyo to Jamaica the Moccasin style took over from the get-go. There’s no denying that the footwear and fashion worlds move in cycles. New trends form and old ones make their way back to the light as seasons go by and with the rise of dad-core fashion we expect to see the Wally come back in a big way.
Recent Clarks collaborations from the likes of Good Hood, Supreme and Stussy keep the Wallabee relevant in the eye of the “Sneaker” world and during last months Kith Runway show Ronnie Fieg unveiled a few colourways from his upcoming season. Many have tried their hands at the iconic Wallabee design over the years such as Bape (pictured below) or Red Wings and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the likes of Common Projects add a Wallabee styled design to their roster over the next year in conjunction with a lot of attention for the iconic Clarks silhouette in the fashion/footwear world.
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