Clarks recalls shoes also sold by Amazon, QVC and other retailers over toxic chemicals

Clarks is recalling eight styles of women’s shoes worldwide after tests found toxins in the products, the British retailer announced on Thursday.

About 113,000 pairs were sold in the U.S. and another 10,000 in Canada, according to a statement released by the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission.

Made in China, the recalled shoes were sold in Clarks stores, other stores and online from February 2022 to October 2022 for about $65. Other retailers that sold the shoes include Amazon, DSW, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Shoe Carnival, QVC and Zappos.

Recalled Clarks Women’s Shoes — Breeze Ave (Dark Navy – Item 26165269)

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

“Some samples of these shoes tested positive for excessive levels of the chemicals benzidine or dimethoxybenzidine, which are found in azo dyes and are restricted in some jurisdictions,” Clarks said in a news release. “Prolonged and direct contact with shoe uppers can expose the wearer to these chemicals, which are toxic and can cause adverse health effects.”

A potentially carcinogenic substance, benzidine is a synthetic chemical that has not been sold in the US since the mid-1970s, according to the National Cancer Institute. The US has used large amounts of the chemical in the past for uses such as making dyes for fabric, paper and leather.

Safety recall of eight styles of Clarks women’s shoes due to chemical hazard.


The recalled shoes include the Breeze style in America and the Brinkley style elsewhere, all in navy or dark blue-blue colors and introduced for the spring/summer 2022 season, Clarks said.

The following styles are affected: Brinkley Step in Navy; Breeze Step in Navy; Breeze Step in navy/white? Breeze Step in Dark Navy; Breeze Ave in dark navy; Brinkley Ave in dark navy; Brinkley Shore in navy; and Breeze Shore in navy.

People can determine if their shoes should be returned by checking the product’s item number, the first eight digits of the 12-digit number below the size and fit information on a tag inside the footwear.



People who bought a pair of the recalled shoes can visit here for a step-by-step guide to getting a refund. Those with questions are encouraged to consult the company’s recall website or by emailing [email protected] US customers can call the company toll-free at (800) 480-5992 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Eastern.

Based in Somerset, England, Clarks was founded in 1825 and operates in more than 100 markets worldwide.

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