Clarks Originals were established in 1825, it was not pre planned it came as all of a sudden, James Clark got the idea one day when he was working for his brother Cyrus at his tannery making sheepskin rugs where the offcuts were piling up. He had an 'Eureka' moment to make slippers and from this time onwards he has never looked back. The brown Peterburg slipper earned its place in history.
Clark's shoes have gained many awards such as the two awards it won during the Great Exhibition of 1852 and some ten years later nearly became defunct due to recession hitting. James and Cyrus had to try and secure extra funding from their Quaker brothers but as a result James son was placed at the helm which resulted in the company expanding, espousing new manufacturing methods including the Singer sewing machine and sourced new materials resulting in the company as we know it today. It has weathered many storms since and is iconic in the UK as a brand of quality, enduring affordable footwear.
Clark's were the pioneers of width fittings aswell as the foot gauge which still remain to this day. The well known Desert boot Clark's most iconic style of boot was launched to great applause in 1950. This design is still in production and is still as popular over 60 years later.
The brand strives to ensure its products are environmentally friendly and this ideal reaches from the shoe boxes where 75 per cent of the product is made from recycled materials to the use of carrier bags in the stores themselves.
Clark's Originals produce various ranges for both males and females. The brand has conducted somewhat of a revival recently due to the customer looking for heritage products however using new production techniques affording comfort and affordability.