A wave of immigration from Jamaica to New York in the late 70s saw the Wallabees gain popularity in the South Bronx and influence the wardrobe of the then-young subculture of hip-hop. Despite this, the hype around Clarks died down somewhat, with the rap scene favouring technical sneakers and, towards the start of the 90s, big, bulky Timberlands. That is, until Wu-Tang Clan
donned the silhouette in the early 90s – in particular Ghostface Killah, whose love for the style extended to naming a whole album after it and, at times, adopting the pseudonym ‘Wally Champ’. Of course, we can’t attribute the shoe's revival and the brand's escape from near bankruptcy solely to the rap collective
, but their sartorial influence can’t be underestimated – it’s no secret they laid the building blocks for the recent super-oversized trend.