Happy International Women’s Day, everyone! And in a special post dedicated to the subject, I have some lovely shoe related stories to bring you which celebrate womanhood, empowerment and strength. And, naturally, flat shoes, too!

Vans skate 2

First up, a brilliant initiative from Vans, a brand which was founded in California in 1966, as always had a strong link to the skateboarding community. Launching today, the brand will hold over 100 skate clinics for women from all walks of life across the world. Recent years have seen a surge in new wave female skateboarders (might I suggest following Sierra Prescott and Skate Moss on Instagram, as well as the brilliant 6 year-old Martha Egg who lives to skate on the Isle of Wight), and Vans is keen to spread the love far and wide.

Vans skate

Everywhere from Brooklyn and Chicago to Bangalore and Shanghai will be included, and experts and beginners alike are welcome. You can catch the London leg of the clinic this weekend in Lambeth from 10am. For more information and to sign up for a clinic, visit vans.eu.

Also launching today is Clarks Originals’ ‘Mother, We Feel Your Influence’ campaign, featuring portraits of six women who have had a major influence on culture. Check out Dame Gillian Lynne, the British ballerina who choreographed Phantom of the Opera and Cats, in her Trigenic Flex trainers!

Dame Gillian Lynne Clarks

Dame Gillian Lynne wearing Clarks Originals Trigenic Flex

Also featured are some fantastic female musicians – Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Caron Wheeler (legendary voice of Soul II Soul), Skin (Skunk Anansie), and Sister Bliss (Faithless), as well as Sherry Lamden, Clark’s own creative stylist.

Siobhan Fahey, Caron Wheeler and Skin

Sherry Lamden and Sister Bliss

Finally, if you didn’t catch it yesterday, here is my latest piece for The Pool, which is all about the female shoe designers and entrepreneurs giving us amazing flat shoes at reasonable prices. Go girls!

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