Barker shoes have been an English tradition
for more than one hundred years. Only the
most carefully selected leathers are used
and the uppers are shaped on a last by
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 match.
Barker’s 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. The foundation stone of the
Barker brand was laid in a humble cottage in the heart of
England’s shoe manufacturing industry in 1880, by an
enterprising Northamptonshire boot maker.
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 fulfil 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.
Our craftspeople produce some 200,000 pairs of hand lasted
sewn shoes each year.
Whether it’s a casual boat shoe to wear with jeans or a
classic monk to be worn with a suit, there is a wide selection
of styles to choose from.
Available from sizes 6-12 it couldn’t be easier to put your
best foot forward.