Clarks Originals x END

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The latest in a succession of collaborators drawn to Clarks Originals and their reputation for iconic design combined with craftsmanship is UK-based clothing and footwear retailer, END.

Specialists in luxury men’s style and premium street wear from all over the world, END. has worked with the Clarks Originals’ designers to create ‘Black Diamond’ – a chukka boot inspired by the industry that helped shape the North East of England, home to the retailer’s flagship store.

Crafted from coal black leather and suede supplied by Charles F. Stead – the Leeds tannery that has been supplying Clarks Originals for more than six decades – Black Diamond utilises both sides of this premium double-faced bovine leather. The upper of this unique collaborative style has been made using a Clarks Desert Boot last and is combined with a Desert Trek wedge sole in black and silver stitching. Three eyelets, veg tan fobs and a woven heel pull are among the finishing touches. Black Diamond retails for $249.95.

This worldwide collaboration is available in Australia exclusively at Up There and Cabinet Noir.

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The Iconic Wallabee

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A staple of the Originals collection since 1967, the Wallabee comes available in both a shoe and boot. Crafted utilising two pieces of leather or suede, two eyelets and a natural crepe wedge sole, this classic moccasin construction delivers supreme comfort and effortless style.

The history of this coveted style begins in the early 60s when German company Sioux produced mass quantities of a moccasin style shoe under the name “Grasshopper”. Wanting in on the action, Clarks won a license agreement with Sioux by which they would produce the shoes out of their own factory, paying a royalty on each pair.

Keen to expand their reach, Clarks took the shoe to the US market. As it turned out, the brand title “grasshopper” was already taken in the US, and thus the name “Wallabee” was coined. They flew off the shelves.

Following this, the shoes were exported all over the globe; quickly becoming a staple alongside the Desert Boot. Today, the style remains largely unchanged from its original design with seasonal colour variations available. The simple design of the shoe and boot make the Wallabee idea for collaborations some of which have included Stussy, Supreme, GoodHood and MF Doom.

The appeal of the Wallabee is vast. From The Verve wearing Wallabees on the cover of their Urban Hymns album to the Wu Tang Clan promoting the shoes to their massive fan base; The Wallabee has been loved and will continue to be loved for generations to come.

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Introducing Desert London

Clarks Originals’ Desert London updates a classic piece of footwear design. Based around the original Desert Boot — a style that has equally spawned many imitators — the redesigned Desert London makes for a more streamlined and sleek profile. Regardless of the silhouette modernisation, classical traits remain including the Originals fob tag and signature crepe sole. Available in black suede, beeswax, cola suede and maple.

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