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BAPE x Clarks Original

Updated: Oct 31, 2020

Over the last couple years we’ve seen Clarks collaborate with several street wear brands, companies, and influential people. Earlier this year, the OVO x Wallabee offered a variety of bright, vibrant colors. Last year, the Supreme collaboration not only added a different style to the shoe, but also GORE-TEX suede and a Vibram sole. Finally, the Carhartt WIP x Wallabee offered some of my favorite colorways for the shoe back in 2019.

The BAPE x Clarks Originals, released last Saturday, is another huge collaboration for Clarks - and more specifically - the Wallabee. Even though I’m personally a fan of the traditional and simplistic look of the Wallabee, I love the release. The sole of the BAPE x Clarks Wallabee is amazing and something I always thought could be tweaked to give it more of a rugged, outdoor boot look. The camouflage print on the sides somehow seamlessly pair with the normally bland, plain-looking style of the shoe; and the colorful pink and teal on the top is something we’ve come to expect from collaborating with BAPE.

As someone who has owned several pairs of Wallabee’s and is a huge fan of the style and comfort they offer, this release gets me excited for what Clarks has to come. In the future will Clarks start reworking and offering other styles of their classic shoes themselves or will they continue on the path of collaborating with top names and influential brands? Either way, I would keep an eye out for future Clarks releases.

Photos: Clarks Original

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