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Charles Clinkard has been providing high quality footwear for over 85 years.  Established by husband and wife Charles and Eveline Clinkard, the first store opened in Middlesbrough in 1924.

Since that day, we’ve grown to 32 locations across the UK. The reputation for high quality shoes and outstanding customer service is what keeps our customers coming back.

Our head office is based in Stockton-on-Tees, alongside our warehouse, web department and customer services team. This means we can offer a seamless process ensuring that we get your shoes to you as quickly as possible.

Now in the hands of the third generation of the family, the Clinkard aim is to offer our valued customers an exceptional shopping experience, be it in one of our retail stores, factory outlets, or on our website.

For more information about individual stores and their opening times, see our store locator and find your local branch.

For any queries regarding online orders, our online team is available 7 days a week. We would love to hear from you, so please contact us.

Thanks for visiting our site. Don’t forget you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ or why not have a peek at our blog and see what we’ve been up to of late!


Company History

1924 – Charles Clinkard was established in 1924 by husband and wife Charles and Eveline. The first store opened in Middlesbrough on April 26th 1924.

1950 – The second Charles Clinkard store opened on Finkle Street in Stockton. 

1974 - Charles Clinkard celebrated its 50th jubilee. 

1976 – On Thursday 28th October 1976 Charles Clinkard opened the doors to its flagship store in Newcastle.

1976- After 52 years in the shoe retail trade, Mrs Eveline Clinkard retired and was presented with a cut glass vase to mark the special occasion. 

1986 – Middlesbrough, the first Charles Clinkard store to be opened, broke the £1 million sales barrier.

1990 – In 1990 Roger Clinkard handed over the business to his son Charles who became managing director at the age of 24.

2002 – Charles Clinkard won the title of Best Footwear Retailer of the Year as well as Best Family Store at the Emap Fashion Awards, beating off ten other companies to win the titles.

2004 – At the National Footwear awards, Charles Clinkard took the title of Best Family Store. Charles Clinkard was praised for the “dedication of the staff and their passion for the business”. 

2005 – In 2005 the website was launched and for the first time Charles Clinkard shoes were available online. 

2008 – Charles Clinkard acquired 12 Stead and Simpson stores in February 2008, bringing the total to 33 stores.

2012 – In February 2012 Charles Clinkard was awarded the title of Best Multiple Retailer at the Footwear Industry Awards.

2013 - Charles Clinkard, our MD, wins Personality of the Year at the Footwear Industry Awards.trest6


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