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.
An iconic shoe style made by Barker at the Earls Barton factory is the Oxford shoe, a Goodyear welted classic that is regarded as the ideal men’s dress shoe no matter the occasion. Characterised by a closed lacing system with a low heel and exposed ankle, the Oxford style offers a sleek silhouette that accompanies most if not all formalwear and suiting.
Exploring the Barker collection there is several Goodyear welted shoe styles that make up each Barker range including the Handcrafted, Country, Creative and Professional collections. The most recurrent shoe styles by Barker are two timeless classics, the Oxford and Derby shoes. The Oxford shoe for men dates back centuries and originated from a half boot called the ‘Oxonian’ which was favoured by students of the famous English institution Oxford University.