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Clarks began with a flash of inspiration from James Clark in 1825 in the Somerset village of Street as he was busy in the tannery owned by his brother, Cyrus. Among the sheepskin rugs, off-cuts and cast-offs were piling up when James had a brainwave: “Slippers!”. The rest, as they say, is history.
It was the original Clarks shoe and the opening chapter in our remarkable story that continues to unfold to this day. In the decades that have passed since Mr. Clark’s eureka moment, our shoes have seen social, political and economic revolution. They’ve seen fashions in footwear come and go, and come back again – everything from court shoes and winklepickers to wedge heels, sandals and sneakers. They’ve tapped to the beat of crooners, rockers, Britpoppers and hip hoppers. They’ve walked, marched, strode and sashayed through an ever-changing world.
Our feet, meanwhile, have stayed firmly rooted in Street. It’s where Clarks started; it’s where our heart lies; and as always, we still put that heart into every pair of our shoes as we continue to create stylish footwear that protects and cares for our customers’ feet.
We offer stylish comfortable shoes for ladies, gentlemen and children as well as professional, expert advice on children’s fittings.