Sister Mercy, Bossy isn’t kidding. You can run but you can’t hide. The Wallaby is back.
Yesterday Bossy took the train into the city and she saw this shoe two times in as many minutes, and then she threw herself on the tracks. The end.
What say you?
caleal saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 11:59 am
Maybe I’m to young to know where, exactly, these shoes are coming back from (Australia? Hell?) but I do know one thing. I hope they make a speedy retreat to wherever that place is.
Not since the Croc have I been so personally insulted by a shoe.
Mimi saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Good God! I wore those in the late 60’s and we called them desert boots. Ugly then, ugly now.
Momo Fali saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm
I probably shouldn’t say that I dig them, but I do. Them shoes are groovy.
HAGERDASH saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm
GreatAunt saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm
My husband has had a pair of these forever. I’ve never liked them and I won’t be telling him they’re back. 🙂
blackbird saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm
oof. I kinda think I like them.
Is that bad?
alana saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm
my grandpa likes them. he’s 95, ’nuff said!
patois saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Go ahead and hate me, I can’t wait to find a pair. Now, the next time your train-crumpled body happens across someone wearing them, please kindly ask for the store from which they were purchased. (Of course, I wear mom jeans, so.)
nono saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm
It think we called them Earth shoes. Early 70’s I believe was when I had a pair…..I don’t think I will be revisiting them this time around. I’m not that Earthy any more.
Smalltown Mom saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm
No, they’re not Earth shoes. Earth shoes had the heels slightly lower than the toes. The Wallabys aren’t nearly as funny looking.
Nance saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm
What say I? Make room on those tracks, I’m right behind you.
junebug saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm
You can’t keep a good man down.
Unemployed Susan saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm
I’ve seen worse.
Emily saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm
I say ewww! As I wrote on my blog, some fashions should NEVER return!
AnnP saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm
This is hilarious! I haven’t thought of Wallabys in a long time…7th grade it was. And then I’m saying the word over and over and…ahhhh, this is great!
Lizzy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm
When I was little I called my mother’s Wallabys her “old hunting shoes”.
She didn’t hunt.
jen saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm
I’m having a flashback to 4th grade, when Kelly Mitchell, the beautiful popular girl wore these and I begged my Mom to buy me some and she did and I wore them every day and thought I was beautiful and popular, too.
I wasn’t. 😀
Ginny saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm
I think I might like a pair again! At 60, I am happy with what makes my feet feel good….and, just for the record, I think those uncomfortable, high priced, high heels are ugly.
kerry saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Good God no.
SnowWhitemommy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Ugly then….still ugly now!
Ethan Allen Elementary School…..Ditto jeans and Wallabys….what a flashback!
Jean saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm
hollywood saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Don’t they have an ugly cousin that is a boot? Not quite a moccasin not really a boot, but not a shoe? What were those called. I hope I don’t have to start seeing those shoes……..
krisitn saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm
Chuckabees were their cousins. Shudder.
Wendy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Nope, they’re not Earth shoes, nor are they desert boots. They’re Wallabys and they’re hideous and comfortable and since I wore them back in the early 1970s, I will NOT be wearing them again. Did it once – done. Same with bell bottoms. Never again.
clickmom saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm
It was bound to happen. Have you noticed there are Earth Shoes walking around there too? Next stop POLYESTER!!
MemeGRL saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm
My mother loved her Wallabys. Her orthotics worked so well in them!
As to me, I will wear any shoe that is comfortable so I can’t point fingers.
Daisy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Makes me miss my Wafflestompers. Hello junior high school!
MariaV saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm
They get a 10 for comfort and a 0 for looks. But … they aren’t any worse than Ugg boots, IMHO.
Andrea's Sweet Life saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm
I think I just threw out my husband’s old pair last week. Although, for the record, I have never allowed him to wear them in the 11 years we’ve been together. I’d have hated to make him walk 10 paces behind me.
whyleana saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm
My 79-year-old father would argue that they never left. I will say one thing: they sure age well.
Half Assed Kitchen saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm
I had some in the 70s, so they make me a little nostalgic. But, yeah, they’re pretty bad.
Grandma J saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm
I loved those things. We called them desert boots too, but that may have been a So CA thing. I’m gonna fine me some more…they were comfy
kate saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm
mental patient shoes.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm
I’m from SoCa and we called them Wallabys. I’ll definitely be following the fashion rule that states that if you wore a trend the first time around you cannot wear it the second time around. Besides, who wants to relive Jr. High?
Jillian saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm
We were just in the city in Midtown for a couple of hours and were fortunate to not see a single pair. Those shoes are hideous and I have a hard time believing any self-respecting NYC resident would be caught dead in them, LOL.
ashley saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Both my Dad and I had a pair. I was too cool in mine. Haters.
EricaB/Crazy Momma saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm
Ugly. ’nuff said!
Nellyfrittata saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm
If you are tempted to get some Wallabys, resist the urge and get some Chuck Taylor Converse high tops instead. That way, your feet will be comfortable but you will be cool, instead of dorky. Chucks transcend all genders and generations!
Bossy\'s Friend Martha\'s Sister saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Never had them, never will, not even if they put a pointy heal on the back! Yuck pooooie! I Only want to see them on re-runs of Welcome Back Kotter!
Tiaras & Tantrums saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm
I have to say – I wore these when I was in high school and I LOVED them and I still wish I had a pair!!!!
Reeb saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm
Interesting, though, to see what age the sight of these transports the various readers back to.
rory saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Jeez, I haven’t seen those since the 70’s. What’s next? Hip huggers and tube tops?
Bossy's friend Amy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm
I love Wallabee’s and have owned two pair in my lifetime – a pair in the 70’s and a pair in the 90’s (early, grunge period). The husband also owns a chocolate brown pair and wears them on stage to gigs(very trendy).
Bossy's friend Amy saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm
I almost forgot to wish Bossy a very happy it may or may not be her birthday…
rb saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm
I remember expaining to a friend why a guy wasn’t date-able with just this sentence: “He wears Wallabys.”
She completely understood.
jp saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm
I had a pair in 9th grade, everybody did. My most vivid memory? Stubbing my toe and falling face first to the floor in the middle of the Library!
Carpet & Wallabees= Face Plant
No Thank You!
hana saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Well, darn it, I went to the Target website and they are out of stock!
Zappos has them for three figures. Clarks makes them.
I’ll have to mask my disappointment by eating some more chocolate or like most of us here in So. Cal, just put on my flip flops and go!
Portia saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm
That’s a whole bunch of wrong.
Ms. Cranky Pants saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm
Tim Gunn, deliver us from this evil.
boots586 saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm
We called them chuckaboots in IL in the far distant past.
Heide saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm
As I recall, they were comfortable. But I’m not old enough to be that comfortable again. Gaaaaaah!
HAGERDASH saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 9:23 pm
Next comeback will be those sandals made from thick twisted rope with rubber painted on the bottom and licorice swimsuits.
Ree (the other one) saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm
Oh mah holy hell. No. NO.
Please Dog, no!
Naomi saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 9:46 pm
I loved my Wallabys. I sure would get another pair!
Maria saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm
Must have them.
Mini Van Bohemian saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 10:34 pm
sugarpie saysFebruary 7, 2009 at 10:39 pm
I think they’de be ok for anyone who doesnt remember them from the first go ’round. Other than that, why bother? There are so many cool looking shoes available now. For freaking cheap too! DSW (discount shoe warehouse) is the best. Chucks are ok, too, it you don’t care about them lasting, buying stuff from sweatshops, etc.
Jacquie saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 12:02 am
we used to call them hush puppies
linda saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 12:12 am
Holy S*#t – that’s what I say.
Rochelle saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 1:31 am
Ew. Those make crocs look awesome.
La La saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 11:36 am
When I see things like this, I have to stop and ask myself…. who the hell ARE these people who decide what’s in and what’s out and why, for the love of GOD, have they not been assassinated yet?
Kathy saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Thems some fugly shoes.
MariaV saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm
I saw someone wearing parachute pants today and nearly puked.
The Cheap Chick saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm
What’s next, Zubbas???? I don’t care how comfy something is, ugly is ugly. If you want cute comfort, try Sketcher’s kicks or Chucks. You don’t have to be ugly to be comfortable, people! Dare to be cute!
Sharon saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm
wrh saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm
I say they’re not as bad as the pegged, over-dyed, acid-washed jeans I saw the other day.
HeyJoe saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 4:42 pm
I WILL say that I do like the original Clark desert boot.
Mmmm crepe soles….
The Wallaby, not so much.
dgm saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm
Honey, they’ve been back for a while now. I’m rather fond of them, then as now. What I long for is the return of “truckers”–does anyone else remember that shoe? They were popular during the heyday of the Wallaby and the Earth Shoe (at least in southern Va.)
Michelle saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm
Are those moccasins with a high ankle? Egh.
sista #2 saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Hey…..I wore these in the 70’s!!!!
We called these bad boys desert boots.
I loved me my desert boots.
Mr Farty saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm
Oh aye. Shoes.
Cindy Z saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Looks comfy 😉
Sparx saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 8:19 pm
Desert boots. Uck.
Oh, was it a birthday? Happy?
Jacmo saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Hush Puppies. Love em. Not that I consider them good looking but back in the day their function was perfection. And I recall my feet looking particularly small-ish in mine.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm
Oh hell to the NO. These were just a step away from the whole Berkenstocks-with-white-tube-socks look, which was only two short steps from JUST SHOOT ME NOW.
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysFebruary 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Why are all the ugly boots from Australia? Ugg boots and now these… And WHY are these called Wallabies? We have a very good football team by the same name – and I’m pretty sure they don’t wear these!!
The world is just full of mysteries!!
Gretchen saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 12:29 am
I had TWO pairs in the 70’s – very comfortable! My dad was thrilled to buy these for me when I was in high school. I can see my kids trying to have me committed if I tried to wear them now. But they sure were comfortable, and it is my duty, after all, to try to embarrass my kids as much as they have embarrassed me!
Christine saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 1:23 am
All I can say is… Hell to the no!!!!!!!!
The Cube Monkey saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 7:36 am
Ugly like the Croc…
Unfortunately, like the croc, they are one of the most comfortable shoes you will put on. ugh!
Why in gah’s name can they not come up with a good looking comfortable shoe? Cuz feet are ugly??
cindy saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 9:29 am
These have been back for quite a while now in the South. My daughter was dying for a pair about 2 years ago, so I got them for her and they’re EXPENSIVE now! Shoulda kept the ones I had in high school!
Sandy Shoes saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 9:51 am
Oh, lord! I almost didn’t marry my husband when he showed up on our 2nd date and had on a pair of these. Blechhhh! I promptly tossed those things and we’ve been together for 16 years now. My mom called them chukaboots.
Maggie Garcia saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm
I LOVE the Wallaby! It looks so Native American and shiz.
amberstar saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Oh my good gravy…I thought those things had gone totally away, We called them something else, but being sort of Alzheimerish today we can’t remember.
Heidi saysFebruary 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Calamity Anne saysFebruary 10, 2009 at 11:11 am
A blast back to the past!!! I wore those shoes (well, NOT that exact pair) during the 70’s. Did I just date myself???
jandondi saysFebruary 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm
The Caveman Cometh. yuk.
jennifer saysFebruary 11, 2009 at 11:25 am
Yep. 12 year old daughter has them and says they aren’t comfy. Wears her Sperry’s instead – that look like DEXTERS OMGosh that I shunned back when I was in school. What is it with ugly shoes? Flip flops are the only shoe worth owning.
Eliza saysFebruary 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm
I’m sorry, but flip flops are not shoes.
foolery saysFebruary 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm
My grandfather wore only those shoes(the Hush Puppies brand) and the desert boot, EVER. Unless he was painting the bird house that day, for which he had painty boots.
It never once occurred to me that I could own a pair. And, as a person who once wore spiral perms, acid-washed mom jeans and puffy shirts AT THE SAME TIME, I have no business getting all hoity-toity about those shboots.
steph saysFebruary 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm
my husband loves those damn things
Amber Lee saysFebruary 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Oh I have seen plenty of fringed leather and denim bags making an show. Not happy at all.
Hula Hank saysFebruary 13, 2009 at 10:14 am
Hello orthopedic moccasins! Did they happen to be worn by Grandma Barfs-in-the-Gutter?
greengumbyone saysApril 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I wore them all through Junior High. They are incredibly comfortable, and when worn with pants, look very nice.
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