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Clarks Originals Wallabee Ridge

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You know those people who refer to shoes as tyres’ ?  I know, #PeopleWhoNeedAGoodHiding right?

Right.

Well if they must insist on that piss-poor phrase then surely these Wallabee Ridges by Clarks Originals have the best ‘treads’ going.

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Sounding like a ‘skin flick’ starring Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers the Deep Country by Clarks was an true ‘Ugly-Beautiful’ classic from the early ’70’s.  With a wraparound Plantation-crepe sole giving it the aesthetics of a dodgem car, ace old adverts and a change of name to the equally ‘uncool’ moniker of Clarks Caravan this shoe has become a bit of a mystical piece of footwear for the Clarks aficionado.

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Unreleased since, Clarks Originals have decided to bring the model back in a more slimmed down, ‘easier on the untrained-eye’ silhouette renamed the Wallabee Ridge.

That instantly recognisable crepe outer & mid sole is still there, all be it, a thinner and paired version.

Unlike the original, unfortunately there is no suede option; let’s hope this is to come; a classic Oakwood suede would work wonders, wouldn’t it?

It is, however, available in 3 different coloured grainy leather uppers: Chestnut, Black and the winner for me – Tan, all with stamped branding on the ankle and simple tonal laces.

These are one of the highpoints of Originals’ A/W13 collection, and alongside the Edgar Way from earlier this year, show that Clarks are happy to use their illustrious archive to recreate some good things.

Don’t wait ‘till winter to buy them though, test drive’ ‘em today (see what i did there?!) Available from Clarks.co.uk and other Originals stockists.

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9 Comments

  1. Ahmed marei

    I like it
    I like Wallabee ridge Tan
    Made in England…means made in England
    Thank’s Clarks

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  4. Jah Pete

    I definitely will be on the lookout for that rich oak suede in SS14, in the meantime I will grab this iteration in tan. Hope Clarks Archive custodian do a limited run of the OG’s. Those original still rocks.

  5. Christian Hilton

    Jah Pete

    Yeah, they are a good representation of the OG. Not quite as much full on crepe action as some would have liked, but a great shoe!!

    Careful what you wish for….the brown suede is looking likely for SS14. Good news!

  6. Jah Pete

    These are close to the original. I have been looking for the original for years, especially since the Wallabes and the desert boots are still readily available. I liked the strong presence of the crepe rubber on the original and especially the oak suede. I hope Clarks bring back the suede as well and eventually take it back to the original full rubber appointment.

    Great from the Clarks Archive

  7. I’m falling for them, imagine raw selvedge with a quality sock peeking out as you put your foot on the rail at the bar … hello AW13

  8. Gaconthegc

    Must haves. In fact ive just ordered them….

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