Raheem Sterling remembers his roots with his own take on the Clarks Wallabees – the first shoes that he ever bought.
From London to Liverpool and more recently the arms of the blue side of Manchester; Raheem Sterling’s triumphant career has come with an abundance of change. For this reason, Raheem’s birthplace Jamaica is a crucial part of his life and memory, acting as a happy place where he can forget rivalries and immerse himself in a heritage that he is eternally proud of.
After moving to London from Kingston, Raheem sold slushies to his friends to save up for his first pair of Wallabees – both a fashion statement in school and a coming of age moment for the star. Now, he will provide this opportunity to a new generation by offering a pair of new Wallabees to every child at Maverley Primary and Junior High School in Kingston.
Raheem has channelled nostalgia and youth into his limited edition Wallabee collaboration, while also celebrating the cultural diversity of the Jamaican people. Clarks Originals has an undeniable influence on Jamaican culture; from everyday wear to weddings, this is a collaboration that helps Raheem give something back to the Jamaican communities.
Raheem’s special edition Wallabees come clad with rich green suede uppers, a dark leather lining and a special inner tongue with the Jamaican national motto – “Out Of The Many, One People”. The moccasin-style boot also comes with a unique tag with Raheem’s name and signature on; also, the shoe is finalised with Clarks’ world-renowned sole-protecting crepe outsole underfoot.
Culture, heritage and pride are channelled into this limited-edition silhouette, and how better to finish off than with a quote from the man himself – “I’m gonna be cool when I go back to Jamaica.”
Look cool with Raheem on the 23rd of September.
The Clarks Originals x Raheem Sterling Wallabee Boot will be available on Wednesday 23rd September via the size? website. Shop all Clarks Originals online now.