Clarks Originals teams up with Sporty & Rich to redesign the iconic Wallabee silhouette on a limited-edition colorway collection.
Sporty & Rich’s founder, Emily Oberg, has worn Clarks Originals throughout her life, beginning with the Desert Boot and now with the Wallabee. Oberg combines her passion for a curated and aesthetically pleasing style with Clarks Originals’ staying power of timeless heritage.
Each decision of the design and production was made very deliberately, beginning with the ‘Heinen Hillcrest’ leather that was chosen, sourced from a family run tannery located in Germany called Heinen. The progressive tannery is making strides toward a more sustainable supply chain by reducing their carbon footprint by energy efficient production. The tannery offsets CO2 that cannot be reduced in production by supporting the Kikonda Forest project, planting trees in Uganda in order to combat forest depletion. Clarks Originals has offset 6 tons of CO2 emissions produced during the leather tanning process, including this Hillcrest leather, in the last 12 months.
The shoe also features a FSC certified Natural rubber crepe sole which makes them the most socially and environmentally responsible outsole to date. The Natural rubber comes from the sap of the rubber tree, making it a natural, renewable resource. The FSC label means that rubber has been harvested to benefit communities, wildlife, and the environment. By choosing these products we are supporting responsible management of the world’s forests.
"To me, the Wallabee embodies the sort of genderless image that I always try to incorporate into Sporty & Rich’s aesthetic. It perfectly ties together elegance and casual styles – not a dress shoe, but not quite a sneaker either. And the history of the shoe within 90s culture has also made it a versatile icon to all different groups of people. When we started coming up with ideas, I immediately knew I wanted a soft, buttery, pebbled leather for the shoe. This is my favorite type of leather and since Clarks Original is traditionally suede, I thought it would be a nice but subtle update. There really was no better shoe to work on for our first footwear collaboration, especially with Clarks Originals’ alignment with Sporty & Rich’s sustainability efforts."
Emily Oberg, Founder of Sporty & Rich
The Sporty & Rich x Clarks Originals Wallabee has been reinterpreted in three colorways, Cream Puff, Merlot and Robin’s Egg Blue. Each shoe will come with a coordinating leather tag embossed with the Sporty & Rich logo in gold.