HERITAGE

The tradition of fine English shoes

Barker shoes has been an English tradition for over one hundred years. Only the most carefully selected leathers are used, with the uppers being shaped by hand. Many traditional shoemaking methods are still employed, including slow natural drying and polishing. This craftsmanship gives Barker Shoes a unique quality that no machine can ever match.

Our story

The foundation stone of the Barker brand was laid in a humble cottage in the heart of England’s shoemaking industry in 1880 by an enterprising Northamptonshire boot maker. Arthur Barker was a skilled craftsman and innovator, whose waterproof peg-soled boots were sought after as the pegs would swell when wet, making the boots waterproof.

Unable to satisfy increasing demand, he employed other craftsmen in surrounding villages to help fill his growing order book. Throughout the interwar years, the Barker brand went from strength to strength as Arthur’s three sons joined the business, taking the brand into new markets.

Shoe Construction

Barker Shoes always maintains the highest standards of shoemaking as they have done for well over a century. Our master craftsmen use the famed goodyear welted method to give the shoes their unique look and durability. Our shoes will not only compliment your feet, but also your personality.

Our collections

We offer everything from classic oxfords that will complete your business wardrobe to shoes merging our passion for quality with a more contemporary and unique look.