With the Autumn / Winter 2020 season fast approaching the focus shifts from Summer shoes and loafers to Country brogues and sturdy boots at the Barker Earls Barton factory. A men's boot is a seasonal staple not just for the colder months as they can be worn all year round and in various ways depending on the occasion and your style. Several boot styles have remained in the Barker collection for many seasons due to their versatility, style and popularity amongst Barker enthusiasts around the world. Exploring each Barker men's boot design and how to wear them offers insight to which Barker boot may be the next to join your shoe rack this Winter.
A mens leather boot that features in several of the Barker collections including the Professional, Creative and BarkerTech ranges is the classic Chelsea boot. The Chelsea boot is a versatile ankle boot that can be worn smart at formal occasions but also dressed down and worn with denim jeans or chinos especially in the burnished suede's options available.
The most popular Barker Chelsea boot is the Mansfield, a timeless Chelsea boot design made on the 486 last from a variety of premium calf, grain and suede leathers . The Mansfield boot features a tonal elastic gusset and Barker branded pull tabs as well as a choice of leather or British Dainite rubber soles depending on your preference. For the Autumn / Winter 2020 season a new Mansfield colorway is expected, Cherry Grain with a Dainite rubber sole.
A smart Mens black boot from the Barker Professional collection is Bedale, made on the 469 last from high grade polished leather on a full leather sole. The Bedale comes highly recommended for formal occasions due to its Hi-Shine finish but if it’s a casual Chelsea boot by Barker you’re interested in the Creative collection is the range to explore.
The Hopper Chelsea boot is a long serving style in the Creative collection, made from calf leather with contrast elastic gussets to offer a refreshing color option on this menswear classic.
A suede Chelsea boot by Barker that was introduced to the Barker collection in twenty twenty is the Freddie, available in soft Terra suede on a comfortable crepe sole.
One of the most comfortable Chelsea boot styles by Barker features in the BarkerTech collection, a range of styles that bridges traditional shoe silhouettes with the comfort and padding of a sneaker. The Sergey Chelsea boot is made from premium calf leather, is Goodyear welted and includes the BarkerTech technology.
Another boot style that can be worn smart casual is the Mens Chukka Boot, a design rich in British shoe-making history the Orkney is Barker’s take on this iconic ankle lace up boot that is made from grained leather on a Dainite rubber sole.
A casual chukka boot that was introduced recently into the Creative collection is Connor, made on the last from soft suede's on a crepe sole, this is a lightweight pair down option that works well with denim jeans and unstructured tailored trousers or chinos.
An Autumn / Winter style by Barker that is inspired by the Scottish Highlands is Glencoe, a functional hiker boot made from grained leather and burnished suede's on a lightweight Vibram sole. The Glencoe is a great casual boot option that comes in several colourways that when worn with denim jeans all stand out.
An iconic full brogue boot from the Country collection that also features in the Barker Icon Series celebrating Barker styles that have became synonymous with the shoemakers Northamptonshire village heritage is Calder. Made on the 464 last from premium calf leather using the goodywear welted construction, Calder features a dainite rubber sole, traditional brogue punching throughout and is available in black, cedar, dark brown and cherry.
Other Barker mens leather boots that feature in the Country collection are the Donegal and Foley lace up boots.