Visitors can see a beautiful collection of Georgian and Victorian shoes made from a wide range of materials such as satin, silk, brocade, linen, wool and kid leather. There are also buckles and Edwardian side button boots and high lace boots.
A selection of footwear from around the world includes an Emir’s slipper from Nigeria, a Chinese shoe for a bound foot, kub kobs worn in Turkish baths and Finnish shoes made from birch bark.
Clarks shoes include a Brown Petersburg, which were the first footwear made by Clarks, from 1885 and the earliest women’s shoe from 1856.
A replica outworker’s cottage in the museum shows the tools and equipment used to make shoes by hand and there is also the original office where members of the Clarks family worked.
During school holidays the Museum provides hands on activities for families.
The Shoe Museum
40 High Street
Monday-Friday 10am-4.45pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Saturday 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.45pm)
We are closed on Bank Holidays.