angelarts1 store Clarks Artisan Leather Comfort Shoes Stylish 2 Velcro Straps at Front Excellent Condition Black 10 M This is a wonderful pair of high quality leather comfort shoes from Clarks of England!They are in super nice condition! A lot of life left!Note the photo details. They have a nice medium heel and are a stylish comfort shoe. 12.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Very cute style! They have the wonderful soft foot-bed thatClarks shoes are known for. The classic Clarks durable yet comfortable rubberwedge type soles. These are a size 10 medium. Anyone who wears Clarks brandshoes knows the comfort associated with wearing them! These shoes are longlasting and durable. Great shoes and lots of comfort! Sure to please the newowner!I am sure the new owner will be really pleased!This is a bargain price for these expensive high quality shoes!Size 10 MHistory of Clarks FootwearIt began with a flash of inspiration. It was 1825 in theSomerset village of Street and James Clark was busy working at the tanneryowned by his brother, Cyrus. Among the sheepskin rugs, the off-cuts andcast-offs were piling up when James had a brainwave: “Slippers!”. And the rest,as they say, is history. A few stitches and a few years later, the sheepskinslipper was born.It was the very first Clarks shoe and the opening chapter ina remarkable story that continues to unfold to this day. In the decades thathave passed since the young Mr. Clark’s eureka moment our shoes have seensocial, political and economic revolution. They’ve seen fashions in footwearcome and go, and come again – everything from court shoes and winklepickers towedge heels, sandals and sneakers. They’ve tapped to the beat of crooners,rockers, Britpoppers and hip hoppers. They’ve walked, marched, strode andsashayed 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 still, as always, weput that heart into every pair of our shoes to create stylish footwear thatprotects and cares for our customers’ feet.Britain was perhaps at its greatest in the 1800s. QueenVictoria was on the throne from 1837 to just beyond the end of the century andreigned over a time of phenomenal economic, colonial and industrial growth. Andwhile Charles Dickens gripped the nation with his storytelling skills, engineerIsambard Kingdom Brunel got it moving via his remarkable tunnels, bridges,railway lines and steam ships.For Cyrus and James Clark business was booming. Theirsheepskin slipper, named the ‘Brown Petersburg’, was a huge success. Withinyears of its unveiling, its unique design graced feet the length and breadth ofthe country and by 1842 sales were averaging 1000 pairs a month.The ‘Brown Petersburg’ was made by hand in Street. Therewere no factories, so the brothers – now trading as C&J Clark Limited –relied on outworkers to meet the growing demand. The workers collected theleather from the tannery, along with a pattern, took the whole lot home andturned it into slippers. Production was often a family affair – everyone didtheir bit of cutting, sticking and sewing. Then, every Friday, all the finishedfootwear would be taken to Cyrus and James and swapped for wages.The system worked well for many years. The good people ofStreet were happy in their work and the company prospered. In fact business wasso brisk that in 1851 the Clark brothers won two awards at the GreatExhibition, an event organised by Prince Albert to showcase the achievements ofBritish industry.Riding the stormThen, in 1863, disaster. A recession hit business badly and,almost overnight, the Clarks needed help. Lifelong Quakers themselves, theyturned to contacts in the Quaker community for financial support and managed tosecure a loan. But it came with conditions: James and Cyrus were to step downand William – James’ youngest son – was to take the reins.It was another turning point in the company’s fortunes.Something of a visionary, William modernised the manufacturing process bybringing in the factory system and investing in the Singer sewing machine – agroundbreaking piece of technology at the time. Under his watchful eye, C&JClark was revitalised, the loan was paid back in full and the company continuedto move forward with developments like the Hygienic range. Launched in 1883, itwas the first ever shoe designed to fit the shape of the foot; an innovationthat is still the bedrock of Clarks’ reputation.Whilst developing the commercial side of the business,William remained true to the ideals of his Quaker roots. He invested in thecommunity, looked after his workers and built them homes – many of which canstill be seen in Street today.What the latter days of the 19th Century had started, thenew millennium carried on with a passion. Science and technology were thewatchwords. Inventions came thick and fast and included everything from thetelephone and the zip to assembly line automobiles. Meanwhile, mass productionand inexpensive alternatives to fabrics like silk meant a nation increasinglyinterested in fashion could finally afford to indulge itself.With John, Roger and Alice Clark now running the company,Clarks continued to expand. Emerging from the buttoned-up days of the Victorianera, women in particular were a major new consumer. The female ankle wassuddenly on display and shoes that showed them at their best were a must-havefor every elegant lady of the time. C&J Clark was happy to oblige.Spreading the wordWith more and more product to promote, Clarks beganadvertising – our first press ad appeared in 1936. We opened our own chain ofshops called Peter Lord, a name which remained on the high street until the1990s. We also introduced a choice of width fittings to our children’s range, notforgetting the first ever Clarks foot gauge – two innovations which became abenchmark in the care of growing feet.Before the 1900s were even half over, the world was plungedinto two terrible wars. British industry stepped up to play its part in the wareffort and during the Second World War the main Clarks factory was used to maketorpedoes. On the home-front, meanwhile, the global conflict led to all sortsof shortages; raw materials became scarce, testing the ingenuity ofmanufacturers determined to meet the demand for everyday essentials. Clarks,for example, designed a unique, hinged wooden sole, so we could carry onsupplying the nation with shoes even when leather was hard to come by.As the world emerged from the dark days of war, the nextfour decades saw change beyond the wildest dreams of many. What began with ababy boom, rock ‘n’ roll, teenagers, television and sputniks boldly going intoouter space would end with mobile phones, the music video, Live Aid and anobsession with working out at the gym.For C&J Clark the end of the 1940s ushered in a periodof rapid growth. The available workforce in Street was too small to meet demandso, under the guidance of chairman Bancroft Clark, the company opened 15 newfactories in neighbouring towns and cities. New shops and stores were alsoopened, including, in 1957, Clarks’ first flagship store on London’s RegentStreet.In the decades to come, expansion at home and abroad,increased production and the introduction of new materials like polyurethane andtrademark technologies like Active Air all helped Clarks become the world’sbest-known name in footwear. There were innovative styles too. The Desert Bootfor example, brainchild of Nathan Clark, made its debut in 1950, captured theimagination of millions and remaining a global icon to this day.As the 90s became the noughties, the computer revolutionthat had started two decades earlier with the invention of the microprocessorcontinued to transform work and play. And it still does, with the worldwideweb, uploading, downloading and emailing all very much a part of almosteveryone’s daily routine.The dawn of the 1990s found Clarks facing some toughdecisions. Major changes in world trade meant the company could no longer staycompetitive while manufacturing in the UK. Reluctantly, production was moved tothe continent. We began in a small way in Portugal, but it wasn’t enough. Inthe end, we had little choice but to close our UK factory doors and move theentire production process overseas.It was a change of location but our high standards remained,and remain to this day, the same. Overseas modern factories, many of thempurpose-built for Clarks, are audited either by independent auditors or our ownon-site teams in order to monitor conditions and promote the best workingpractices.The decision to move overseas wasn’t taken lightly. However,coupled with our continuing commitment to quality, new marketing and adcampaigns – including ‘Act your shoe size, not your age’ and the current ‘EnjoyEvery Step’ – plus a rebranding in the high street, it has helped us return tothe success of the good old days.Into the futureWe’re pleased to say that things are still going well. Newtechnology, state-of the-art facilities and our love of shoes means we’re notonly the number one shoe brand in the UK. With continuing growth in NorthAmerica, Western and Eastern Europe, India and China, we’re also the world’slargest casual and smart shoe company and the fourth largest footwear companyon the planet.We’ve come a long way since Cyrus and James Clark and the‘Brown Petersburg’. But their vision and passion live on in our shoes. Youcould say we’re following in their footsteps.