A friend and I took a visit this year to a shoe museum located in Street, Somerset, UK. I don’t know what I was expecting apart from I knew we would see a lot of shoes but we got more than that.
The venue is small when you consider other venues in the bigger cities but the museum gave us a very good insight into the beginnings of a brand which has and still is surviving in todays world. It also gave us a showcase of shoes through the centuries and just how they even make a shoe which gets you thinking how do they even know which part goes where. Thats where the technical engineering comes in.
From the 1825 start up by the two brothers James & Cyrus Clark to the international stage of now. I like to think I helped in a little way. Having lived nearby, local children used to be asked to model shoes and sometimes you would be picked to trial shoes/trainers for a number of weeks to see how they last. I remember sometimes being picked up in the mini bus, getting to go to the offices and having to walk up and down in a big room or hall. I also remember when I was about 9 or 10 getting the chance to trial a pair of white high top trainers. I loved them and Clarks. We also got paid, I mean paid to try new shoes… what a job! This also is where my shoe obsession started.
Below are a number of photos which will hopefully help you consider paying a visit because not only can you get to see what they have to offer at the museum (for free) but you can indulge in a shopping trip to the Clarks Village next door.