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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 5

Over the last week we documented, cleaned, photographed and repacked over 60 shoes for the Shoe Digitisation Project. These were mostly women’s shoes dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye! Click on the images to see the full slideshow.

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Intricate Heel

Clarks Skyline; Women’s blue leather ankle strap sandal, c. 1963

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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 7

The Shoe Digitisation Project team is currently working through our collection of mid-late 1960s women’s shoes. This selection were all made by Clarks and show the range of colourful heels and sandals available at the time.

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Being an Investigative Sleuth: Finding Andrew Johnson and Henry Kay Henrion

Whilst cataloguing and numbering the Point of Sale collection, I’ve come across many interesting things: symbols used as illustrators’ signatures, famous actresses and photographers collaborating with Clarks, plus angry starfish and dancing crocodiles. The angry starfish and dancing crocodiles we’ll come to another time, but the fun part of not knowing too much about graphic […]

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The “Youth must be served”, the development of the Teenage range

The Teenagers range was a true reflection of Clarks capitalising on a period of dramatic social change reflected by the evolution of the ‘teenager’ into mainstream society. The range itself, aimed specifically at girls, has its roots in the Craftsewn range. The term ‘Teenagers’ made its first appearance in the April 1948 trade and price […]

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Syd Brak, Athena and Clarks

If you grew up in the 1980s and 90s, you undoubtedly know of ‘Athena’ and the posters they were renowned for. A recent article by The Guardian online came up with the 10 best posters from the time they were around. I was excited to see that one of the posters was by an illustrator […]

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The Hardy Amies influence

Hardy Amies first gained recognition in the fashion business designing women’s clothes.  He started training in the 1930s before starting his own business in 1945 and being appointed Dressmaker to H.M. Queen Elizabeth.  He was eventually appointed as Design Consultant to the Men’s Division of Clarks in 1962, collaborating with Hugh Brooking Clark.  Hugh believed […]

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The Dilemmas of Collections Management

These ‘Duskdawn’ shoes were made in 1957, and are from the Skyline collection. This image exemplifies the inevitable consequence of displaying our collection in a museum case.  Whilst the shoe on the right hand side has been held in a box away from any light, the shoe on the left has been on display in the museum, and has consequently sustained damage from the light used to illuminate […]

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Measuring Feet in the 21st Century

The Archive often deals with enquiries about foot measuring at Clarks and a new initiative has just been launched by the company which builds on its long heritage of foot fitting. An article on the BBC News website shows how iPads have been adapted for foot fitting and shows several examples of gauges from our […]

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Major Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Bath at Work

The World’s Most Travelled Shoe: Celebrating 65 Years of the Desert Boot 10 April – 31 October 2015 Come with us on a journey from Cairo to Burma to Chicago and Jamaica, across Death Valley in California, to 1960s Paris, and Weston-Super-Mare! Clarks has sold more than 10million pairs of Desert Boots in over 100 […]

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