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by Kyle MacNeill

Clarks’ classic gets a fresh makeover that’s one hunna wallabee, zero wannabe.

There are so many brand team ups these days, that some collabs have as much synergy as a wad of sandpaper and a swatch of velvet. Case in point? That ghoulish link-up between Weetabix and Heinz Baked Beans yesterday, which has put us off our breakfast for the entire week.

Luckily, though, this new one from smart activewear brand Sporty & Rich and footwear legends Clarks makes a lot more sense. Emily Oberg, founder of Sporty & Rich, has been clad in Clarks since day dot, a huge fan of the Desert Boot and then later the Wallabee. Sometimes, we cast a certain sceptical eye (it’s always our left) on these kinds of claims, but we totally believe that this is truly the case – both brands truly have a similar vibe, and that’s what we love to see.

‘To me, the Wallabee embodies the sort of genderless image that I always try to incorporate into Sporty & Rich’s aesthetic,’ says Oberg. ‘It perfectly ties together elegance and casual styles – not a dress shoe, but not quite a sneaker either.’

Choosing to remix the Wallabee, both brands made sure to think sustainably from the start. The result is a shoe using an offsetting tannery in Germany (with the rest of the CO2e supplemented by Clarks), FSC certified natural rubber and a 90% recyclable box. We’re also very happy to see that the trademark crepe sole is the most sustainable ever, the footwear equivalent of a vegan pancake just in time for Shrove Tuesday.  

Three colourways are on offer, all with equally charming names. We’ve got the Merlot, Cream Puff and Robin’s Egg Blue, which all together sounds like a boozy brunch in a teal-painted kitchen (our vibe rn). Each pair also comes embellished with a Sporty & Rich logo embossed in gold, adding a touch of smartness to the shoe’s casual shape. It’s the kind of shoe we could see ourselves slipping on while half-awake in the morning, and only slipping off when half-asleep in the evening. It’s a foot-shaped portal to ultimate comfort, and that’s the kind of vibe we can get behind right now.

The Sporty & Rich x Clarks Originals Wallabee is available from February 15 at Sporty & Rich or Clarks Originals, starting at £140.

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