1825 — 1900
It all began in 1825 in the Somerset village of Street when Cyrus Clark started tanning sheepskin rugs. He was joined by his brother James who introduced sheepskin slippers in 1830.
Production soon flourished, helped by the purchase in 1856 of recently invented Singer sewing machines. An early marketing success was William Clarks introduction of the ‘Hygienic line’, a range which followed the natural shape and line of the foot and established Clarks reputation for producing foot friendly shoes.