06 January 2012

Memories from Home - Good Sensible Shoes

My dad had this little ritual when me and my brother were young when it came to time for new shoes. My dad is abit of (well actually a lot of ) a 'Made in England' man. He would only ever drive Triumph cars, wear Marks and Spencers clothes (when they were still made in blighty) and wear Clarks shoes. Clarks Shoes is and always has been based in Somerset, England, although the shoes are now manufactured elsewhere. Famed for designing the iconic desert boot and the wallabee. Their shoes have always had a reputation for quality and good ergonomic design. And this is what my dad liked about them. He considered them to be 'good sensible shoes'.

Although these are now considered pretty darn cool, at the time they certainly were not. Fashion did not sit high on my dads list of priorities when it came to selecting 'good sensible shoes'. I remember sitting with my legs crossed in assembly trying to hide my shoes underneath my skirt so that the cool kids with their cool shoes didn't take the mickey.

I remember the sales assistants seemed very stern and important as they approached with their special machine to measure every contour of the foot which was a pretty scary prospect to a seven year old who has ridiculously ticklish feet. Although dad always saw the funny side of my nervous giggles.

After buying the shoes we'd go and buy a pasty for lunch which we'd eat out of the bag and then he'd take us to the swimming baths in Street. It became abit of a ritual for us so when dad said that he wanted to take Maggie to buy her a 'good sensible pair of shoes' whilst we were visiting home this year, I felt an overwhelming love for him and the little ritual that we enjoyed together. It was just as I remembered it. Thank you Clarks for years of happy feet in happy shoes.


Kirsty said...

Ha ! :-)) My dearest Grandad used to be EXACTLY the same, bless him. I always wanted the patent leather snazzers and instead I got good sensible shoes from Clarks.. I feel ashamed to say I put one hideous pair in the bin almost as soon as we got them and their hideousness home... Lovely to see your memories, keep em coming ! xx

creative kate said...

Hey Claire,
I LOVE Clarks shoes and wore them when I was little and plan and already have a pair set aside for my baby due later this year!
sweet pic of Maggie with her shoes!

eat my shorts said...

My dad used to wear desert boots back in the day! What a blast from the past! :)

chrisartist said...

I wore Clark's shoes and so did my children.
I enjoyed the Clark's shops last September.
There were huge differences in price fom city to city.
Particularly Bath, where the same shoes were so much more expensive.
Isn't it lovely to have those father daughter memories.

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