Footpatrol have teamed up with Padmore & Barnes to release two renditions of their legendary Original Boot p404 silhouette. The design is inspired by 90s culture; the decade that saw the rise of multiculturalism, alternative media and the decade where the Hip-Hop scene reached the masses with ground breaking sounds and art. One particular album cover that stood out to the FP staff was Ghostface Killah’s debut album, Inronman, featuring three members of the Wu-Tang Clan standing over a pile of custom dyed, split coloured Wallabee boots.
Celebrating the 90s fashion the Footpatrol P404 pays homage to one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups ever, the Wu-Tang Clan. Taking inspiration from the custom dyed boots featured on the Ironman album cover, the Yellow/Black colourway is a nod to the Clan’s logo, with the Red/Black colourway lending as alternat option.
The P404 consists of a premium suede two-toned upper with contrast stitch details throughout. Smooth Tan coloured leather is used on the inner lining with dual Footpatrol and Padmore & Barnes branding on the leather footbed. Padmore & Barnes have specially created a custom suede Footpatrol Gasmask swing-tag to go with each shoe. The finishing touch are the lyrics, “PEEP BUT DON’T SLEEP THE CREW’S MAD DEEP” seen in gold on the inside of the shoes.
Padmore & Barnes have been manufacturing shoes since 1934, producing 25,000 pairs of shoes per week in their Kilkenny based factory. Respectively, hundreds of people in the surrounding areas were employed part-time, hand stitching shoes in their own homes, which continued an age old tradition of hand crafts in Ireland.
The P204 silhouette from Padmore & Barnes was the first iconic style in their footwear range. The P204 was first introduced to the US market in the early 60s, and became an instant success. Soon after, buyers on the west coast of America began requesting for a high top version of the P204 silhouette, and so the P404 came to fruition. During this period of time Padmore & Barnes went under the ownership of C&J Clarks. The C&J Clarks WALLABEE was manufactured in the Padmore & Barnes factory in Kilkenny, Ireland.
For the past 25 years, Clarks has continued to sell the WALLABEE shoe, building up a large dedicated following around the world. Padmore & Barnes is proud to have played a part in the iconic WALLABEE shoe. Padmore & Barnes became an independent company in 1987 through a management buyout. Since 1987 Padmore & Barnes has traded independently, producing shoes that are sold in many countries around the world. The strength of quality and attention to detail has brought Padmore & Barnes through over 80 years of trading internationally.
The shoes will be available August 26 at Footpatrol exclusively in-store & online on Friday 26th August.