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Founded by Arthur Barker in 1880 in Earls Barton in the heart of the English shoe-manufacturing county of Northamptonshire, Barker Shoes is recognised worldwide for its superb quality, durability and comfort. Barkers made its reputation with a waterproof “peg sole” boot and today it still specialises in making fine English footwear, such as Goodyear welted shoes and boots. In its modern factory, opened in 1987, machines are used for some manufacturing processes, but every shoe is hand-lasted and sewn by one of the craftsmen.