An eye-catching range of shoes from the current Barker collection is the hand painted styles which feature in the Creative and Casual collections. These styles are made from unfinished crust leather in the Barker factory located in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton and painted by hand in our finishing room.
A timeless shoe style that is synonymous with Northampton shoemaking is themen’s Brogue, a County icon that is featured in many of established English shoemakers including Churches, Crockett & Jones, Grenson and Trickers who all have your own signature on this hole punched classic.
The work shoe colour of choice was black for a long time but more recently the work shoe options has enlarged both in style and colourway which has only been elevated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The way we dress for work has significantly changed and the scope between business formal and casual dress has broadened.
When looking to invest in a pair of comfortable Goodyear welted shoes you’ll often find yourself browsing Derby shoes as their open lacing system fits many foot shapes. The construction of a Derby shoe includes the closing panels being sewn on top of the vamp to give the shoe a solid appearance and more room for a higher instep when compared to an Oxford shoe, the Derby’s main counterpart.
The majority of men’s shoe collections are made from leather whether it’s a calf, full grain or split suede and like all tanned hides they will age gracefully over time providing they are cared for. Investing in a pair of Barker Goodyear welted shoes is in our eyes only the start of the commitment made to your shoes no matter the style.