For summer, Levi’s Vintage Clothing has teamed up with Clarks Originals (the Wallabee and Desert Boot) for a special edition men’s shoe collab that takes inspiration from the influential late ‘80s music scene in Manchester, England.
As the ’80s were coming to a close, the Manchester alternative rock scene collided with indie-dance culture creating a new music scene that included bands like Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. Along with the refreshing sound came new fashion; a loose-fitting, baggy style and the footwear of choice, the Clarks Wallabee.
The Levi’s x Clarks collaboration, which is part of the Loose Fix collection from Levi’s, celebrates the era by reworking Clarks’ iconic styles in playful, bright colors that will make your summer style pop. The Desert Boots in sky blue suede, the Wallabee in pale pink suede and the cult-classic moccasin, the Weaver, in bright yellow suede all come with matching laces and Clarks’ signature crepe soles.
“When we were putting together the Loose Fix collection, we thought it would be amazing to collaborate with Clarks to coincide with it,” said Paul O’Neill, head designer for Levi’s Vintage Clothing. “They were really big in Manchester in the ’80s. I’ve probably been wearing them myself for the last 30 years. It’s just a really old-school approach to making shoes that are timeless, shoes people will always love. These are all traditional Clarks shoes with a contemporary approach to color.”