Barker shoes have been an English tradition for over 135 years. Only the most carefully selected leathers are used and the uppers are shaped on the last by hand. 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 ever match.
Barker 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 demand, he employed other craftsmen in surrounding villages to help with the 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 Barker there is no shortage of either. Barker's craftspeople produce some 200,000 pairs of hand lasted sewn shoes every year.
Northampton, United Kingdom