Clarks Originals x Loopwheeler Wallabee Boot
The Wallabee Boot
C. and J. Clark Ltd, better known as Clarks, is a high-end British shoe manufacturer with a high street retail operation. The business is based in Street, Somerset in England. Started in 1825, by Quaker brothers Cyrus and James, as a business making sheepskin rugs and slippers, using out-workers in the village, it has expanded to become a global shoe brand, with operations in the United States, Europe and the Far East and Japan. For much of the life of the business, the company manufactured its own shoes in Somerset, building several factories in the area.
The company’s Quaker ethos made provision for workers’ housing, education and leisure activities, while its keen social conscience kept Street ‘dry’ for many years. Rising costs and low productivity forced production abroad, and while shoe design is still predominantly done in the United Kingdom, manufacturing is contracted out to India, China and Vietnam. The Clarks brand has a reputation for high quality and comfort at a reasonable price.
It was the very first Clarks shoe and the opening chapter in a remarkable story that continues to unfold to this day. In the decades that have passed since the young Mr Clark’s eureka moment our shoes have seen social, political and economic revolution. They’ve seen fashions in footwear come and go, and come again – everything from court shoes and winklepickers to. Their feet, meanwhile, have stayed firmly rooted in Street. It’s where Clarks started. It’s where their heart lies. And still, as always, they put that heart into every pair of our shoes to create stylish footwear that protects and cares for their customers’ feet.
Japanese fleece producer, Satoshi Suzuki of Loopwheeler finally unveiled the latest collaboration with footwear label Clarks Originals. In the forms of Desert Boots and Wallabee, 2 silhouette that made Clarks famous, each to feature a suede appliqué on the top half of the upper, in black, while the rest clothed in fine Loopwheeler fleece of its signature grey. Quipped with natural rubber outsole, unstained for the Desert Boots, blacken for the Wallabee, both furnished with a bright blue insole, etched with labels of both companies.
This highly limited shoes sees the Wallabee Boot-popularised by the likes of the Wu Tang Clan – updated with Loopwheeler’s iconic loopwheeled cotton, contrasting alongside heavyweight premium suede panels. All the quintessential Clarks features, such as the famous crepe sole remain, combining perfectly with Loopwheeler’s expertly crafted jersey cotton. Both these world-famous brands have been extremely busy on the collaboration front over recent seasons, working with some of the most respected names in the industry to great effect.
Stuarts of London are now stocking the Clarks Originals x Loopwheeler Wallabee Boot .