11.5 / Maple Suede
A brand that initially struggled to gain popularity in its native land, Clark's found instant popularity among the US beatnik subculture who championed its relaxed, off-beat, style. Now adored the world over by many, Clark's still holds a special place among streetwear subcultures that dates back to the brand's popularity among Jamaican rude boys. As the Jamaican diaspora eventually found its way into Brooklyn, NY the affinity for Clark's remained, and was adopted by the early progenitors of hip-hop. First introduced in 1967, the Wallabee became immortalized by pioneering rap group Wu-Tang Clan, and still remains relevant today among streetwear and subculture participants.