Ad Campaign: Barker Shoes 1968
It’s satisfying to find a British shoe manufacturer still in business today, especially when that business was established as far back as 1880. Barker shoes are based in the village of Earls Barton, Northampton. In fact, the shoe making industry in Northampton is world famous, with its shoe designers and manufacturers amongst the best in the world.
The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which re-opened last year after a £310,000 refurbishment, claims to house the world’s largest collection of shoes, with more than 12,000 pairs.
The following image is scanned from my copy of FASHION magazine, November 1968.
Barkers put men and women on an equal footing, with women’s shoes made as painstakingly as the men’s. And that means hand-picked leather, hand-sewn and lasted uppers, hand-built stack heels, and hand-finished everything.
And that impeccable Barker styling . . .
woman-style, of course.
Shoes top to bottom:
Newquay in taupe suede from 5 gns
Carrick in acorn or green/black calf, about 6 gns
Blakeney in acorn calf, about 6½ gns
Barker of Earls Barton, Northampton
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