Barker shoes have a distinguished history and have been making exceptional footwear in England for over a century. Only the most select leathers are hand picked and the uppers are, still to this day, shaped on the last by hand. There are an abundance of time honoured techniques that continue to be carried out by Barker's skilled craftsmen which include slow natural drying and polishing. This is why each and every shoe produced by Barker has an individuality & character that cannot be equalled by machine made shoes.
We have hand picked some of our favourite shoes from the Creative Collection. This is a great place to start for a guide on selecting your first pair of Barker shoes.
Currently the most popular & recognisable design from Barker shoes. With its wingtip detail & suede inserts it is now available in a variety of colours.
Barker Shoes Origins:
Barker Shoes was established as a company back in 1880 by founder Arthur Barker. Arthur was a hand sewn man, which means he personally made the shoes by hand and enlisted a variety of homeworkers to carry out the more basic stages & less skilled processes involved in making a fine pair of shoes. Arthur's original workshop could be found at the bottom of his garden in North Road, Earls Barton.
By 1905 the business had developed so much that Arthur & his sons moved from the garden workshop to a small factory on Station Road. Eldest son Charles became a leather merchant and together they all began to bring all of the previously out sourced parts of the shoe making under one roof. Helped by contracts received to make world war 1 army boots.
By 1920 the company had grown almost unrecognisably and was exporting around the world. In 1921 Arthur Barker, founder & "Grandfather" of the Brand passed away.
After World War 2 the company expanded in Earl's Barton by opening a new factory on Station Road which helped cope with demand of the developing brand.
Today Barker shoes has increasingly become a desirable brand for the discerning gentleman. Genuine quality & distinction is found much less often in these days of disposable fashion. However, you can rest assured Barker shoes will always employ the very highest standards of shoemaking as they have done for 135 years.