In 1880, Arthur Barker started what has become one of the highest quality shoemakers of its kind. Over 130 years later, the brand continues to create masterpieces in sizes 7 to 12. From classic lace-ups, contemporary boots, elegant slip-ons and ultra-bold sneakers, the brand’s collection sprawls widely across the footwear spectrum.
By using an ever evolving method of shoe-making, whilst still keeping in tune with the brand’s age old customs, the collection encapsulates Barker Black’s near century and a half history – marrying smooth, modern linear lines with classic detailing, as well as the occasional statement piece (think miniature skull and crossbones or large black bows).
One of the finest examples of Baker Black’s transition from old to new is the Haraboro Cap Toe shoe. Simply shaped with a slight curvature, the shoe translates from office attire to casual days out effortlessly, and thanks to the wonderfully crafted yet beautifully plain detailing, the piece can act as staple for almost any occasion and style. One of the most distinctive features however, is the ever so slightly rustic laces draped through the shoe, giving the perfectly balanced and shaped design a slightly more human feel.
As a reflection of the authority a shoe of this stature holds, the refined toe cap creates a masculine shape, giving the shoe both a simple, to the point appearance as well as working well with a more modest dress code.
It’s rare that a shoemaker can truly create a piece that so successfully transcends from both formal to casual whilst simultaneously portraying the old and the new. Barker Black have built a brand over an extensive time period mastering their trade, and the Haraboro Cap Toe, alongside the rest of the current collection, epitomises what it is to be a revolutionary shoemaker as well as iconic brand.
For more information head over to the Barker Black website.