A Goodyear welted shoe staple for many of the Northamptonshire shoemakers including Grenson, Loake and Tricker’s is the brogue. A hole punched classic that’s easily recognisable from afar, the brogue has rich history originating from Scotland and Ireland where farmers used this outdoor shoe for removing bog water when crossing wetlands.
Investing in a well-made pair of English Goodyear welted shoes includes the use of the finest materials used to make the uppers and the soles of the sole. The majority of Goodyear welted shoes by Northampton shoemakers such as Barker are made from premium leathers sourced from around the world including tanneries such as Annonay, Horween Leather Company and Charles Stead.
The formal dress is a tried and tested classic with a long-running history but which dress shoe style suits you as an individual best? Exploring the different types of formal footwear by Barker requires several factors to be taken into account including the shoe design, materials and fitting.
The formal shoes for menare shoe rack staple in every men’s wardrobe, worn constantly or occasion to occasion depending on your profession and lifestyle. The formal dress shoe can come in several guises so selecting a style, material and colour that is best suited to your attire and will be most versatile isn’t a decision to make lightly.
Twenty Twenty sees Barker celebrate 140 years of handcrafting shoes in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton. Founded by Arthur Barker in 1880, Barker is remained a leader in the shoe industry and is known for our Goodywear-welted footwear for men and women.
Barker are renowned for handcrafted leather shoes for men in particular the Brogue and Oxford styles including the McClean, Winsford and Westfield which all feature in the Barker Icon series.