Clarks Originals and cross-cultural appropriation

“Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks”: Clarks Originals and cross-cultural appropriation.

Paper delivered at The World at Your Feet Footwear Conference. University of Northampton, 20th-21st March 2013.

Last month I presented a paper at the ‘World at Your Feet’ international footwear conference organised by Northampton University in conjunction with the Northampton Footwear Museum. The paper was the product of a collaboration with one of my participants at Clarks headquarters in Street – Tim Crumplin the archivist at the Alfred Gillett Trust (aka Clarks archive). Taking Arjun Appadurai’s biographical model the paper traces the biography of the well known classic Originals designs such as the Desert Boot and the Wallabee. Continue reading

If the Shoe Fits: Project film

This short film, produced by Sheffield Vision introduces the ‘If the Shoe Fits’ research project being conducted here in the department. The project is finding out how shoes contribute to people’s identities and the ways in which footwear enables them to move between move between identities, both on a daily basis throughout the life course. Shoes are currently high profile in advertising and they also play important roles in popular culture, as well as folklore and fairy tales. It is striking how often shoes are attributed with the capacity to change us, both men and women. Continue reading