Shoes Category

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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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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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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Digging in the Clarks Archives

Our Research Archivist Tim Crumplin was recently interviewed for the Clarks Originals website and gave a guided tour of our facilities and collections. He explores everything from the importance of archives and the significance of the iconic Desert Boot, to the future aspirations of the Trust. Read the interview here.

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Killer Heels

The Alfred Gillett Trust not only takes care of Clarks shoes, but also shoes belonging to many other companies. World War II had a huge impact on footwear fashion through the 1940s, and continued to influence trends during the 1950s. High heels were banned in 1942 as part of the war effort, when there was a restriction on […]

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Shoes on Loan for New Georgian Exhibition

Recently, five shoes from the collections travelled to Bath for installation in the new exhibition at No. 1 Royal Crescent, Portrait of a Lady? Ruin and reputation in the Georgian Era. Of the five, three had been in storage for many years. The shoes were selected by the team at Bath to complement the display […]

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