Shoe Digitisation Project Update 2

Between 23-27 February, we documented, cleaned, photographed and repacked over 70 shoes for the Shoe Digitisation Project. These were all men’s shoes from different companies from around the world which dated to 1950-1959.

Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye!

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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 1

Between 16-20 February, we documented, cleaned, photographed and repacked 80 shoes for the Shoe Digitisation Project. These mostly date to the 1950s.

Here’s a small selection of the ones which have caught our eye!

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Tamise from the Couture Collection, 1959

Single women's black silk/satin/leather court shoe; Clarks Couture Collection 'Tamise', 1959

Single women’s black silk/satin/leather court shoe; Clarks Couture Collection ‘Tamise’, 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 loss for Clarks, and being unable to reach its target audience, it was eventually stopped.

1,000th Digitised Shoe Milestone Reached!

Single left women's metallic turquoise leather T-bar sandal, 16 bars form vamp; Clarks Wessex, 1955

The Shoe Digitisation Project reached a major milestone this week; the 1,000th shoe was photographed, cleaned, documented and safely packed away by the team at the Alfred Gillett Trust.

The striking sandal which claims the title of 1,000th shoe is a 1955 Clarks leather T-bar sandal from the Wessex range. It was donated to the collection in 1973.

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1950s Court Shoes from the Clarks Wessex Range

Pair women's multi-coloured printed satin court shoes; Clarks Wessex(?), c.1953

We have come across these gorgeous Clarks shoes from around 1953 through our Shoe Digitisation Project.  They come from the ‘Wessex’ range.

Footwear Digitisation Project Update

Cover shot showing a pair of women's brown suede/leather slip-on shoes with their original box; Clarks Skyline 'Coronado', 1949 ©Alfred Gillett Trust / C & J Clark Ltd

A pair of women’s brown suede/leather slip-on shoes with their original box; Clarks Skyline ‘Coronado’, 1949 ©Alfred Gillett Trust / C & J Clark Ltd

The Alfred Gillett Trust’s footwear digitisation project has now been running for 10 weeks, so it seems a good time to publish an update on our progress. We have encountered our fair share of teething problems, but to date we have photographed 224 shoes, producing 1,602 high quality digital images. The process of preparing the shoes for photography has given us the opportunity to assess and report on their condition, and as well as being photographed they are being cleaned and repacked before transfer to the new, purpose-built collections archive.

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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 to see the full slideshow.

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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

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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.

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