PostSS16 Clarks V&A

Inspired by the 1960s, Clarks and the Victoria and Albert Museum - the world’s leading museum of art and design - celebrate the decade that changed fashion forever.

INSPIRATION FROM THE SWINGING SIXTIES

We’ve been making shoes since 1825. Designing them too, setting trends and building a reputation as a world leader in footwear for every occasion. Our archive is unique and over the years our enduring sense of style has attracted collaborators including some of the best known names in fashion, art and design - most recently, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Working closely with the V&A, we’ve updated 60s looks, patterns and prints to create a SS16 collection that says that was then, this is now. 

The 60s youthquake with its pop bands, photographers, hairdressers and Bambi-eyed models turned ‘swinging’ London into the centre of the universe and Britain into a fashion leader. The look was clean and young – babydoll mini-dresses worn with big lashes and even bigger hair. Men started to dress up, too - aping the Beatles in polo necks and natty little suits.

Shoes had a revolution of their own. Those minis demanded flatter styles and a million Mary Janes and sling-back pumps were born. While the boy’s skinny, ankle-skimming trousers called for equally skinny boots. Forty years later, Clarks has partnered with the V&A to turn these groovy styles into something new this season.

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PostClarks Originals Trigenic Flex

TRIGENIC FLEX

CRAFTED INNOVATION

Our latest innovation, the Trigenic Flex was inspired by the Clarks Hygienic range – a revolutionary Victorian concept that focused on the foot’s natural form.

Taking this concept further, the Trigenic Flex features a 3-part decoupled Vibram sole and an asymmetrical last and lacing system – giving the foot superior freedom of movement. With a hand whipstitched moccasin construction, it’s the perfect fusion of innovative technology and classic Clarks design. 

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PostClarks & The Art of Craft: Kerry Hooper

Established in 1825, we've got 190 years experience of making the finest quality shoes. Every now and again we like to introduce you to some of the people continuing our longstanding traditions in shoemaking craftmanship.

The last. It’s the foundation of what we do. Expertly crafted using super hard hornbeam wood that doesn’t shrink, expand or warp, it’s the last that determines the shape of a finished shoe. Exactly measured, lovingly sanded, filed to a perfectly smooth finish – the last dictates how a shoe will feel, how comfortable it will be to wear. Kerry Hooper was our first female last-maker – a milestone in Clarks history considering we’ve been making the wooden models since 1825. One of our Last Modellists, Kerry hones her skills everyday as a master lastcrafter – working with, and learning from, the best in the industry. Every single one of our styles has its own last. Each one handmade in Street, Somerset. Each one a thing of humble, refined beauty.

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