clarks and the victoria and albert museum shoe collaboration at schuh blog header in white and black

One is a global shoe brand celebrating their 190th anniversary, one is a world-renowned museum; both are British icons. Clarks announce their world-first partnership with the UK’s leading art and design museum, the V&A, by headline sponsoring their major 2015 exhibition; Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. They have then extended the partnership (and here’s the good bit) with an exciting collection of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes. Who stocks the brilliant Clarks Originals X V&A Museum range I hear you ask? Why we do, of course.

The first shoe collection the V&A has ever been part of, the collaboration is inspired by subculture classics discovered in the V&A and Clarks archives, and infused with beautiful British heritage. And with both parties sharing a passion for design and craftsmanship, it’s not hard to understand why the V&A chose to launch into new ventures with Clarks. Join us as we take a look at some of our favourite pieces from the A/W ’15 collection, with design references from the fabulous ‘50s.

womens rockn ankle boot in black leather and pony skin with chunky rubber sole unit from clarks originals and v&a collaboration

mens burgundy leather rockn lo shoes teddy boy shoes from clarks originals and v&a collaboration

An era that props up repeatedly in modern fashion, the ‘50s holds a wealth of ground-breaking movements in the industry, with the Teddy Boy look being one of the most prominent. The rock ‘n’ roll subculture’s uniform consisted of white shirts, drape jackets, high-waist drainpipe trousers and of course, chunky crepe-soled brothel-creepers. By delving into the V&A archives, Clarks has reinvented the iconic shoe profile into a modern style staple with their Rockn Ankle boot for women and Rockn Low shoe for men.

mens and womens unisex dark brown suede rockn v&a desert boots from clarks originals collaboration

girls and boys unisex clarks originals desert boot v&a in black white and brown print from collaboration

Clarks also drew inspiration from the textile design trends that began to emerge in the ‘50s, including wallpaper prints documented by the V&A. They then injected this influence into their classic Desert Boot silhouette, as can be seen in their Desert Rockn for men and women, and their Desert Boot V&A for kids.

Check out our full Clarks Originals range now and shop all the styles from the collaboration.