Barker have been making shoes in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton since 1880.
Barker shoes have been an English tradition for over a hundred years. Only the most carefully selected leathers are used and the uppers are shaped on the last by hand, many other traditional shoemaking methods are still employed including slow natural drying and polishing. This is why Barker English shoes have a unique quality that no machine can ever match.
In a changing world, it’s good to know you can still find perfection if you look for it.
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The Barker Shoes complete collection featuring all of the Barker Shoe Range & Accessories. We can order any shoe, so if you can not find a shoe featured in the SS2014 brochure on our site please call one of our sales team on 0116 271 2081 (local rate) or if you need any assistance.
The Barker Shoes Creative Collection featuring Traditional Barker quality & a strong feel for contemporary design.
The Barker Shoes Country Collection featuring Goodyear Stormwelts, double leather or Dainite rubber soles.
Unique collection of styles created using the finest aniline dyed calfskins
The finest English Handcrafted shoes made by Barker since 1880
Distinctive styling, the finest materials and superb craftsmanship combine with traditional Barker lasts to give the quality, fit and comfort associated with Barker Shoes
The Barker Shoes Professional Collection featuring both traditional styles and modern versions of timeless classics
Barker Shoes Professional Collection Moccasins Handcrafted & handstitched from specially selected leathers. Exceptionally lightweight & flexible.
The shoe bends naturally, along with the ball of the foot, thanks to the soft leather forepart insole and the slashed outer sole.
The shoe achieves a highly personal footbed, actually taking on the shape of your foot because the upper leather rests on cork.
Barker Shoes also offer a Ladies Collection of handcrafted english made shoes to the same high standard as their mens styles.
Caring for your Barker Shoes
Your Barker shoes will give you long and faithful service providing you follow these simple rules.
- Always clean regularly with a brush or damp cloth to remove all traces of dirt before applying a good quality
shoe cream or polish of the correct colour. (Barker shoe care kits contain all the necessary equipment in neat travel cases.
- Never dry wet shoes near fire, radiators or hot pipes. Good leather deserves good treatment and slow natural drying is
- To keep shoes in perfect shape we recommend the use of barker shoe trees and a shoe horn.
Suede Shoes – remove all dirt when dry and brush up the nap using a stiff bristle suede brush. Stains can be removed
with a suede solvent cleaner and smooth patches restored with fine sandpaper.
Kid Leather Shoes – or other lightweight leathers should be polished with a good neutral or coloured shoe cream.
Nubuck Leather Shoes – wipe clean with a cloth dipped in slightly soapy warm water.
Patent Leather Shoes – clean with a damp cloth or use a recommended patent leather spray or cream.
Calf Aniline Shoes – to develop a rich and lasting guardsman’s finish polish regularly with a quality polish of matching colour, this will maintain the aniline dye finish of the superior Calf skins used by Barkers.
Barker Shoe Construction
A traditional method of manufacturing which provides a shoe that will give comfort, excellent shape retention, water-resistance and repairable properties.
- Excellent insulation against cold and heat
- Good shape retention
- Easy to repair
Barkerwelt is a special Barker version of the welted construction. By adjusting the ‘lasting’ and ‘making’ process, the sole is cemented and not stitched. This allows for a closer sole edge and a lighter sole giving finer looking, more flexible sole – whilst still retaining the advantages of welted shoes.
- Extra flexibility
- Fine appearance
A construction using specialised adhesives in place of stitched welts to bond the upper parts and soles, thus achieving lightness and flexibility.
- Lightweight shoe
Barker Shoes Last Shapes Guide