The Clarks Wallabee Boot is a silhouette that absolutely needs no introduction. It’s a certified menswear classic. And yet, the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” actually doesn’t apply to the new Clarks Originals x Haven Wallabee Boot, a recently introduced collaboration that’s here to give your late spring, early summer footwear rotation a serious upgrade.
The Clarks Wallabee Boot was developed as the world’s first comfort shoe. The latest iteration, while retaining all the comfort and style of the Wallabee, is decidedly more modern and streetwear-inspired. Haven brings forth the streetwear component, with luxe silhouettes and distressed denim shirts featuring in its core line; Clarks, on the other hand, brings a dash of iconic British style, plus the original Wallabee silhouette (now favored by style impresarios like director Wes Anderson). It’s a style that’s been around for decades, so it’s refreshing to see it receive a tactical, military-inspired update that allows you to wear your Wallabee Boots even when it gets rainy and breezy this spring and summer.
The Haven X Clarks Originals Wallabee Boot takes the silhouette you know and love, and gives it a tough update, starting with the use of ballistic nylon side panels where you normally might find soft suede. Make no mistake, these are a pair of rain-ready boots you won’t be able to get enough of, especially given the sleek black-and-olive or all-black colorways.
GORE-TEX comes into the equation via a full lining and an easy-to-wear gusseted tongue that offers both extreme breathability and waterproof protection. Now, you likely have an idea as to how you might wear your “normal” Clarks Wallabee Boots (with slim light wash jeans and a white Oxford shirt, or else with a short-sleeve henley and olive chinos ), but how to wear the Haven X Clarks Originals Wallabee Boot? Great question.
These call for styling touches a little more rugged and city-ready – think slim black denim and a black tee to go with either the all-black or olive-and-black options. Or go with straight fit chinos and a denim shirt, buttoned to the top and paired with the olive-and-black option. Throw on a black anorak, and you’re ready to take on a rainy day in the city. We think if you open up your mind enough, this new take on the Clarks Wallabee might be as iconic as the original.
If you’d like an even bigger upgrade to your Wallabees, check out this version made from Italian leather.
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