From the beginning, Clarks has always been a company that values doing the best thing for our customers. It’s a simple philosophy, yet it guides us in everything we do. Our story began in 1825 in a small village called Street in England. Brothers Cyrus and James Clark created their first pair of shoes out of sheepskin scraps, which met the needs of the day – offering people exceptionally comfortable, long-lasting footwear. The shoes, called "Browns Peters," became instantly popular, the word spread and customers were tremendously satisfied. C&J Clark Limited was born.
C&J Clark grew steadily and soon expanded into the United States where, in 1977, it acquired The Hanover Shoe Company. In 1980, the company acquired the Bostonian Shoe Company – a brand recognized as America’s classic shoemaker for over 100 years. In 1995 – under the name The Clarks Companies, North America – Bostonian, Clarks and the Retail Division came together as a single organization, offering an unprecedented range of products to meet our customers’ needs.
The Clarks Companies, North America owns and operates 250+ retail stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. In fact, wherever you live or however you prefer to shop, you can find Clarks – from department stores, to regional shoe stores to independent store retailers, online, in catalogs and even on QVC.
Today, we strive to continually create superior footwear with innovative new techniques and materials, while being true to our past as traditional shoemakers. Our customers are our inspiration, as each day we see them put on our products and get out into the world – feeling their best and standing tall.
Our passion is to listen to our customers and deliver a product that allows the consumer to feel the pride, respect and trust of everyone at the Clarks Companies N.A.
That's the Clarks Mission Statement, and something we aspire to everyday. For some of us, it means creating the best shoes we can. For others, it means listening to our customers when they reach out to us, and ensuring their experience with Clarks is fun, easy and enjoyable. But for all of us, it keeps us focused on what really matters: people.
We feel we have a responsibility to help in the communities in which we live and work. We call it "standing tall", and it's an important part of the way we do business. Everyone who works here has the opportunity to join us as we make a difference doing things like bringing food to needy families, joining together for corporate volunteer days, raising funds for important causes, working in our own neighborhoods to improve adult literacy, or joining with other organizations to support breast cancer research.