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The Shoe Museum

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Address: 40 High Street | Clarks Village, Street BA16 0EQ, England
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+44 1458 842243

The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and...

The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and Medieval footwear. It also tells the history of Clarks from its beginnings when it was started by Quaker brothers James and Cyrus Clark to the present day.Items on display include embroidered satin Georgian shoes, Victorian button boots, Roman sandals, shoes from around the world, and the last designed for Princess Diana's wedding slipper. There are also Clarks shoes starting from the 19th century and posters and show cards including designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer who also worked on designs for the London Underground in 1915.There is also a reconstructed 19th century outworker's cottage interior.There are family trails available and a children's corner.

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More shoes than Imelda Marcos

Superb display of shoes worn in the world through the ages. Not just a display of Clark's shoes, although their display reminded me of my school days wearing Clark's Polyvelts... read more

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271 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb display of shoes worn in the world through the ages. Not just a display of Clark's shoes, although their display reminded me of my school days wearing Clark's Polyvelts and Pasties. Well worth a visit and unbelievably the display is free to visit.

Thank WhereU2
Dover, england
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an excellent museum, with free entry .. well worth a visit.After visiting the Clarkes village, this was a pleasant and interesting museum, which was just minutes away.

Thank bezza919
Bradford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2017

visited as part of day out it is well worth a visit even my husband enjoyed it over 1000 pairs on display set out well lots of info

Thank bulls2013
Preston, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of shoe examples from the 1600s onwards. Many of the exhibits are beautifully made and give an insight into lifestyles of the past but also give inspiration to the current day stylist or designer.

Thank Sue W
MuseumOfficer, Manager at The Shoe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Sue. We do actually have Roman shoes going back to the 3rd Century! More 

Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This museum offers an interesting insight into the history of the shoe and shoe making. Its not just about Clarks shoes! The exhibits are well laid out and it a great free attraction

1 Thank Bikelovertoo
Cessnock, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Our friends in Somerset suggested that we visit the museum. We wish that we could have spent more time there as it was absolutely fascinating. Many thanks to Clarks for retaining and showing an important segment of history. Very close-by is a Factory Outlet.

1 Thank OzWinelover
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

A surprising exhibition that was fallen upon by accident. So much in a small place. So very much to see well worthy of a few hours if nearby.

1 Thank Outofthelaw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We had trouble finding this museum, which was not helped by somebody turning the only sign in Street so it was facing the wrong way. The map in the shopping village made no mention of this attraction. It was very interesting and full of artifacts.

1 Thank alisonHereford
North East Coast
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

The actual museum was closed when we called but some objects are in the factory's reception are and the very knowledgeable and friendly receptionist let us in to look. Will definitely come back to see the whole thing, if passing that way again. General ambiance of Street as an Arts and Crafts factory town most interesting.

1 Thank GillyPNorthEastCoast
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

The Shoe Museum is a sweet little place tucked behind the shopping outlet across the road from the open air pool. We went on Saturday 29th October and as well as an interesting 2 floors of shoe history (including a Roman sandal) the museum also had children's activities and Halloween masks etc to make. My boys had a lovely half... More 

1 Thank ejmk_2013

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