by Padmore & Barnes
When the Clarks Wallabee was originally introduced in the early 1960s, the shoes were made in Kilkenny, Ireland at the Padmore & Barnes factory. From 1964 to 1987, Clarks maintained ownership of the factory, where they first invented the Wallabee's signature silhouette. Although both companies have since parted ways, there's a definite difference in the construction of today's Clarks Wallabees and the recently-resurrected Padmore & Barnes in-house line—where you can find the P204 shoes and chukka boots still honestly handcrafted in the same place they were born. While Wallabees are a polarizing style often associated with either the prep set or hip-hop culture and the Wu-Tang Clan, they're a comfortable and surprisingly versatile footwear choice. The slightly square toe and thick crepe sole can add just the right amount of contrast to a pair of jeans, chinos or military jacket. Plus with St. Patrick's day coming up, they're an ideal way to go Irish.