HISTORY OF T.CLARK SHOES
1879 – Thomas Clark receives Deed of Apprenticeship in shoemaking and retail.
1899 – T.Clark Shoes started as a shoe and boot maker near 3 Lamps Ponsonby Road, originally purchased from G.Farquhar for £161.00
1912 – City store opened in Macky Logan Building on Victoria Street West.
1923 – A branch opened in Karangahape Road for a short period.
1929 – Opened general store in Queens Arcade until 1948 when it began specialising in Ladies shoes.
1945 – Thomas Clark died.
1948 – A men’s store opened at 69 Queens Street managed by Ralph Kennings.
1962 – A store trading as Rogers Shoe Saloon opened at Customs Street end of Queens Arcade.
1963 – The men’s store moved across the road to the Queens Arcade corner opposite the Ladies Store occupying shops at both sides of the arcade Queen Street entrance.
1977 – Keith Clark died.
1981 – Queens Arcade closed for extensive renovations. T.Clark Shoes temporary relocated to 105 Queen Street (N.Z. Insurance Building). A shop was opened at Meadowbank Shopping Centre. In late 1981 the Ladies shop went back to Queens Arcade site, but was considerably smaller. The men’s went back to the Customs Street end previously occupied by Rogers.
1984 – Rogers Shoe Saloon temporary store closed at 105 Queens Street.
1990 – Meadowbank store closed.
1994 – T.Clark Ladies store closed in arcade on Queen Street side.
2004 – T.Clark Men’s Shoes went through a major stock renewal. Brands and styles were reviewed, shoe stock greatly extended now offering quality and comfort at a wider range of prices. Staff training also receives a lot of attention with emphasis on professional personalized service and vast product knowledge of the footwear industry.
Located at Shop 27, on the Customs Street frontage of the arcade this iconic footwear store is the oldest independent quality men’s footwear store in Australasia operating continuously from Queens Arcade since 1929 celebrating today 117 years.
Today T.Clark Men’s Shoes continues to offer New Zealand’s most comprehensive range of high quality men’s footwear, specialized service and fitting expertise that are not found anywhere else.