The Clarks Originals Wallabee and Desert Boot have been footwear icons for generations. As part of its ongoing sustainability commitments, the brand’s latest release reimagines the revered silhouettes for its first-ever Vegan Icons Collection – a new run with future generations in mind.
The collection features three Wallabees in black, yellow, and sand, as well as two Desert Boots in black and brown. All shoes are crafted in Portugal, as the brand states, “with non-animal derivative materials for all the style with none of the leather.” In order to distinguish this collection from other iterations of Clarks Wallabees and Desert Boots, the new, reinvented icons feature an exclusive fob and heel stamp designating its vegan certification.
The uppers utilize vegan-friendly textiles and linings (although the exact material is unconfirmed), while the traditional crepe soles have been updated with Forest Stewardship Council-certified rubber made from the sap of the rubber tree. Clarks first introduced FSC-certified crepe rubber soles in the Desert Boot in Autumn/Winter 2020.
This Autumn/Winter 2021 season, the brand notes that 70% of its crepe-soled shoes are FSC-certified. When detailing its efforts on using natural rubber, Clarks states that they’re “committed to sourcing deforestation-free, environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible natural rubber, as well as contributing to an improvement in the way the world’s natural rubber plantations are managed.”
In other footwear news, Nike is rolling out classic Dunks and Air Force 1s made with recycled materials.