Saville Menswear - Barker

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Barker

For over 100 years, Barker shoes have been an English tradition in footwear. Using only the most carefully selected leathers with hand-shaped uppers.  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.

Why are Barker Shoes so good?

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.

How do they do it?

In 1986 Barker built a new factory and offices using Northamptonshire local brick and stone. It is now one of the finest footwear factories in Europe and occupies a 4.5 acre landscaped site at the centre of the village of Earls Barton. This site is only a few hundred yards away from the original site of 1880. We are at the heart of the British Shoe Making Industry with a highly skilled local labour pool.

The factory was designed to make fine English shoes. Each section was custom built to achieve this. For example good natural light is a prime requirement for leather grading, colour matching and consistently good stitching, so the environment was arranged to provide this. As of recently, Barker shoes are now available for purchase at Saville Menswear, Cork, with over eight differnt styles to choose from. Since their introduction in mid 2015, Barker has outsold all other footwear brands in-store. 

www.barker-shoes.co.uk

Check out some of our Barker Collection