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Tamise from the Couture Collection, 1959
This shoe, called Tamise, is from 1959, and belongs to the Couture Collection range. The range itself, introduced in the late 1950s, was prestigious for Clarks, and competing with Italian manufacturers such as Cavalli. It was used to experiment certain styles, with the most popular ones being introduced to the Skyline range. After making a […]
1950s Court Shoes from the Clarks Wessex Range
We have come across these gorgeous Clarks shoes from around 1953 through our Shoe Digitisation Project. They come from the ‘Wessex’ range.
Shoe Digitisation Project Update 6
The Shoe Digitisation Project team is currently working through our collection of early 1960s women’s shoes. This weeks selection were all made by Clarks and show the range of colourful heels available at the time. Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye over the past two weeks. Click on the images […]
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.
Clarks Skyline; Women’s blue leather ankle strap sandal, c. 1963
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.
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 […]
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 […]