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.