Clark’s Wallabees Review

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So, from time to time, I think I’ll throw in a review here and there. These are not sponsored, and completely unpaid. I’ll only talk about products/items I fully like, and they must be relevant to the Wood&Faulk theme. With that said, let’s talk about my new pair of Wallabees.

The current trend of throw-back, mocassin-style, established-company, old-world-thing has brought many classic styles back into popularity, and I’m sure for Clark’s – they are thankful. Even though being in business since 1825 isn’t a really trend, it sure fits what is currently trendy, right? I love the classics… but am I just caught in the current trend? Do I act all pompous and wax poetic about classics and tradition and such bullshit? I like to think I’m a classic fellow, but will I be wearing some TRON-looking outfit in two years? Anyway, I’m way off on a tangent. Let’s just talk about the shoes.

First impressions are great. Clark’s has great attention to detail with the clean box, the fringed tag on the shoes, the little book with their story included. The shoes are simple enough, but well crafted. Not in a “Yuketen well-crafted” way, mind you – but for a factory-made shoe, they are quite well done. I ordered taupe, which turns out is a distressed colorway, and they had just the right amount of distress as to not look all shiny-poindexter. Some clothing distressing tries too hard, and I’m not really a fan of that when it’s faked. Or poorly faked at least. These passed the test.

Upon wearing around the house, I had to get used to the stacked gum-eraser sole, but they were certainly comfortable. Like walking on over-inflated tires. I was a little concerned about wobbling off the gummy edge, but after a little while I didn’t notice it. The suede is very supple and the insole is quite comfortable; although without tons of support. Laces are cloth, and being the same color, don’t detract from the leather in any way. Worrying about suede in a Portland climate, I sprayed them with protector after a couple wears, which thankfully didn’t affect the color at all, and surely helped keep them looking great after a couple rainy days. I’ve had them for a few weeks now and have been wearing them quite often. I really love the style with jeans, and being so comfortable – they might just be your new favorite.

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10 Responses to “Clark’s Wallabees Review”

  1. lacey says:

    LOVE the shoes. and i’m so impressed by your writing matt…and proud too.

  2. james webb says:

    matt,
    nice review. i’ve had many a pair of clarks over the years, including one pair of Wallabees (Natalie)
    http://www.triads.co.uk/triads-i-c1/footwear-c24/oakwood-natalie-shoe-p39795
    they were an version from the 90′s and not easy to find now so i don’t wear my very much for fear of not being able to replace them. (although that link above seems to have them)

    They have the turned up sole on the nose and heel, which although is their ‘claim to fame’ can be quite annoying as at the back the rough textured sole grips the bottom of your jeans and tugs at them.

    your blogs looking nice btw.

    • MMP says:

      Hey James, good to see you. I like that model, but good to know about that back grip – the jean tug thing would drive me bonkers!

  3. Rick says:

    Did you keep the fringed tag? I’ve noticed dudes sporting them on the laces of late. I have a black pair of these that I purchased in the UK, but they weren’t any cheaper over there, sadly. And I do wish they could still produce them in England… A nice shoe. Great colorway choice. And you’ll love being two inches taller!

    • MMP says:

      Heh, no. I don’t wear tags on my hats or my shoes. Though, if the size sticker on the thigh of jeans would become a trend, I’d be totally on it!

  4. i enjoyed reading your post, but i seem to be having a problem with finding which Wallabee’s are real and which are fake. Do you by chance have a link or something to wear you got yours from? if so it would be greatly appreciatied. (:

    • MMP says:

      Really, there’s that many fake Clark’s around? I’d try Zappos. Can’t remember when I got mine specifically now.

  5. Carilee says:

    What color and style are these Wallabees in the pictures?

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