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    The Timeless Appeal of Barker Handcrafted Shoes


    Barker offers the very best of British shoemaking to Canadian men

    Barker shoe care kit featuring a shoehorn, brush and applicator brush, wax polish, black wax polish and a duster

    Alongside the bespoke tailors of Savile Row and the artisans who weave Harris Tweed in the remote Outer Hebrides islands, British shoemakers have earned a reputation as masters of their craft. Among the best of these brands is Barker, a family-run workshop with more than 135 years of experience hand-making some of the finest leather footwear in the world.


    Started in a garden shed by Arthur Barker in the late 1800s, Barker has stayed true to its roots as it has grown into an internationally renowned brand. Each piece of finest-quality European calf leather is inspected and hand-cut by master craftsmen in Barker’s Northampton factory, and soles are Goodyear welted (sewn, not glued) onto the uppers for superior durability. The six- to eight-week process of creating a pair of Barker shoes involves over 200 manual operations. Barker’s distinctive “Handcrafted” collection is hand-polished and finished with elevated details, including soles laser-engraved with the company’s origin story.


    As Barker’s exclusive Canadian retailer, Harry Rosen offers a range of options for the season that can be found nowhere else. Double monk straps in luxurious suede will make a statement with jeans and a blazer, while a pair of Barker’s black leather oxfords will elevate any navy blue suit. While Barker remains among the finest shoemakers in Britain, prices start at $550 – a remarkable value for footwear of this quality.


    For a limited time, Harry Rosen is offering customers the gift of a Barker shoe care kit with the purchase of any regular priced Barker Handcrafted or Barker Black shoe. Valued at over $200, each Barker kit includes a shoehorn, a natural horsehair brush and applicator brush, neutral wax polish, black wax polish and a duster, all the better to keep your Barkers looking new for decades to come.