MUSIC & SHOE HISTORY

Music and shoes have more than a little shared history, they’re practically sole mates. The two industries have been inextricably laced together for decades, each channeling the mood of an era in their own respective ways. Consistently remaining icons of style, we look at how they’ve always been a step ahead of everyone else.



Kid Cudi
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Clarks Wallabees

Kid Cudi, American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio, has a proven track record when it comes to kicks. He can pull off a range of footwear from Bapes to Louis Vuittons, Jordans to Converse. With this, the artist’s versatility encompasses both his musical talents and his fashion sense.

The Wallabee has been produced by Clarks footwear since 1967 and is available in two, classic styles—the shoe and the boot. Back in the 1990s, Richard Ashcroft (of Britpop sensation The Verve) wore a pair on the cover of the critically acclaimed album Urban Hymns. Following this, the shoes have enjoyed advocacy from many celebrities—including Kid Cudi. They even reached kingpin footwear status among the East Coast rap community; the Wu Tang Clan had (and indeed still have) a close association with the shoe.

A great source of information on the Wallabee is the book Clarks in Jamaica by Al Fingers, in which the brand is described with endearment: ‘Clarks is the ting, man. Inna Jamaica they just love Clarks.’ Perhaps these close links to Afro-Caribbean culture have helped cement the appeal of the brand among America’s rap/hip hop community.

2009