The Story Of Padmore & Barnes
“The Originals” revived!
You might have known them as “Wallabees”. Now make a note of “the Originals”.
These classy men’s shoes have gone through a journey in time, trend, as well as geography. In 1967 Clarks introduced their famous suede moccasin “the Wallabee”. The beloved shoes were produced by Padmore & Barnes, a thirty-three year old factory in Kilkenny, Ireland. As success hit, Clarks decided to move the production of Wallabee’s to China to meet the high production demand and following their quest to go global. The “Made in China” stamp hit the fans with noticeable reduced quality. Clark’s fans mourned the loss of their high-quality Wallabee until Supreme founder James Jebbia appeared requesting to make a collection of classic Wallabee’s for the brand. In 2012, thanks to efforts by Frank Bryan, Padmore & Barnes unexpectedly reemerged and opened a webshop.
These high quality suede moccasins are now known as the “Originals” and can be ordered straight from an Irish cobbler’s living room to your front door.