Why choose BARKER?


Barker shoes have been an English tradition for over 135 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.


Barker have been making shoes in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton since 1880. In a changing world, it's good to know you can still find perfection if you look for it.


Arthur Barker was a skilled craftsman and natural innovator, whose waterproof peg-sole boots were highly sought after (the pegs would swell when wet and make the sole waterproof). Unable to satisfy increasing demands, he employed other craftsmen in surrounding villages to fulfill his growing order book. With a keen eye on the future and a shrewd sense of timing, Barker invested in factory premises at the turn of the century, later securing contracts to supply the British army with boots during the First World War.


One thing for sure, it is craftsmen and fine materials that makes good shoes. At Barkers, there is no shortage of either. Their craftspeople produce some 200,000 pairs of hand lasted sewn shoes each year.


Anniversary Collection
Professional Collection
Ladies Collection
Creative Collection
Moccasin Collection
Our Moccasins are hand sewn using the finest quality kid, calf and suede leathers. Many feature a lockstitched sole to give added durability and wear.
Hand Crafted Collection
This collection of distinctive styles are made using high quality European calf leathers which are hand finished to a deep lustre using antique creams and polishes. The soles are attached using the Goodyear Welted construction and are cut from chestnut tanned Italian bends leather. Beveled waists and intricate punch and gimp detail combine to give a unique and smart city look.
Country Collection
A collection of styles crafted using calf and soft grain leathers coupled together with Goodyear storm welts and double leather or high quality stitched rubber soles. The shoes are hand finished with antique creams and hand polished.
Barkerflex Collection
A collection of classic styles made using the unique Barkerflex construction. The soft calf forepart insole covers a layer of cork to give supreme comfort and flexibility. The sole has a leather rand which creates a cup in which the upper sits. This contributes to the lightweight appearance.
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