Meet the Crew

Family is the cornerstone of our foundation; with the Clarke families association to the footwear industry beginning in 1972. The Sky Soles team work closely with colleagues of the aviation industry gauging feedback, ideas and the needs of airline crew worldwide. With a premium feel and first-class service incorporating our 49 years of footwear experience, we use only the finest materials available with a paramount focus on quality and innovation.

Australian designed

Located in Melbourne, Australia; Sky Soles is part of the Ron Clarke and Sons group - an Australian owned footwear business based in Collingwood for the last 49 years. Our offices on Wellington Street are in the centre of Melbourne's traditional textile manufacturing area that commenced deindustrialisation in the late 1970's. Since then the Collingwood area has become a melting pot of creative design businesses across many industries.

  • Zac

    Designer | Director

    CAREER BACKGROUND

    Commencing my first flight at 12 years old, I have always loved flying aircraft. At 19 years of age I piloted my first commercial flight on the Airbus A320. I presently operate throughout Australia, Asia and the South Pacific, including New Zealand with over 4,300 hours commercial flight time.

    My experience in the aviation industry as a pilot, combined with my passion for footwear has formed the foundation of Sky Soles.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY FOOTWEAR

    Growing up with a family footwear business, I have vivid memories of thousands of shoes covering Dad’s car and our family home. Unlike most products in the fashion industry, footwear has a critical role to play in general health which varies by application. The fundamentals of supportive footwear, made from quality materials was instilled in me at a young age. I’m a big believer in correct fitting, protection and support which has been carried through to Sky Soles’ designs.

  • Dale

    Designer | Director

    CAREER BACKGROUND

    At the age of 14 I began working in footwear retail after school on a part-time basis. From my background in retail, I later moved into the design/development department of footwear manufacturing.

    With this gained understanding of the manufacturing processes I joined the family business, working alongside my father Ron selling footwear across Australia and New Zealand. To this day I continue similar roles albeit with a greater business responsibility.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY FOOTWEAR

    Quality footwear is important to me, because you get the perfect fit, feel and wear. Often cheaper alternatives lead to sacrifices in materials and componentry which effects the fit, feel and wear.

  • Glenn

    Designer | Director

    CAREER BACKGROUND

    Growing up in a shoe family, I have always been immersed in the footwear industry. As a young adult, I began my working career in Real Estate sales and marketing.

    When an opportunity arose to join the family business I was able to bring my significant sales and marketing background with me. This experience has provided a valuable dimension that has contributed to the growth of the family business.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY FOOTWEAR

    I believe it is very important to invest in your health and wellbeing. Without healthy feet to perform simple activities such as walking to the shop to get your bread, milk and newspaper life becomes a challenge. Purchasing appropriate footwear looks after your health and wellbeing, whether that be your children’s school shoes, the runners for your exercise or the work appropriate footwear.

  • Susana

    European Sales Director

    CAREER BACKGROUND

    As a footwear global sales director since 2012, I am experienced in selling and developing technical shoes specifically designed for the aviation industry. In the previous eight years I have worked for: Skypro, Purplewear FZE (Zarutti brand) and Airline Shoes. Having grown frustrated with access to material science and consistent build quality in past companies, I have finally found a permanent partner in Sky Soles that offers world class quality and innovation.

    I have trained, coached and mentored sales
    and marketing staff in several organizations. In these roles I have worked directly with suppliers and B2B clients such as: TAP Portugal, Eastern Airways, Air Baltic, Lufthansa, Condor, SAS, Tarom, Air Greenland and Emirates among others through tenders and roadshows.

    I am a frequent business traveller identifying new potential customers and new market opportunities around the globe. I plan, manage and execute trade shows and conferences worldwide

    THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY FOOTWEAR

    A great pair of shoes isn’t just about style. Shoes are the most important part of an outfit. They are the support of our body. No matter our professional activity, we need footwear that can provide good quality, excellent support on a daily basis protecting our knees and ankles from injury.