Originally Posted by sinnedk
i know this is a trickers thread, but compared to trickers how is the barker quality, seems similar in pic,
Originally Posted by velomane
With respect to the Tricker's thread, I, too, would like to know, as I have a pair on order with Robinson's in Northern Ireland. Also, if I'm a UK7.5F in the Barker boot, what do you suppose would fit me in a Stow boot?
Originally Posted by robinsongreen68
First impressions of the barker harrisons are very favourable- i'm not an expert but leather quality seems roughly equal to my stows, although construction is slightly less robust (they don't have the extra 'collar' of leather in the shaft, for example). However i think they are a very sturdy boot, ManofKent has a pair which he says have held up well. The guy at Herring also told me they have a stormwelted waterproof lining which should be useful in London.
As to sizing, i went TTS on both stows and harrisons. The barkers seem to run slightly bigger but i'm not sure it would be enough to consider sizing up/down, although i have a fairly wide foot so YMMV.
with my japan-only trickersxps
As someone who owns both Barker & Tricker boots (although not Stows), I'd pretty much second what robinsongreen says. I think the leather quality on Tricker's is slightly better, but not by a huge margin (needs conditioning slightly more often), and whilst construction on the Barker's is perfectly good, the Tricker's construction is slightly better. Tricker's are purely made in England whereas I believe (but don't know for certain) that the Barker has the uppers cut in India with the construction in England. There's about Â£100 price difference. Is it worth it? Difficult to say - the law of diminishing returns always kicks in - I'm happy with both for the prices I paid.