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Yeah it's very different, but most of us got them at 150 or below.
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I paid $60 after proxy fees and I sort of regret it. Yeah they're kind of nice at first, ok they're leather, after 3 wears the soles on mine already started peeling off. They're also really slippery if you don't resole them, and then you realize there's not all that much special about them. I've paid for 50cent shoes in mainland china that lasted longer than that. And to think that they went for a few hundred retail is downright disrespectful lmao.

I guess you could get a pair for $100-150 on eBay and resole them. But I can pretty much gaurentee no one would of bought them even for $30 if the "mmm" part wasnt in the name.
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I think I'll wait and see if the mainline MMM on Yoox make it to sale. I have big feet so there's a chance redface.gif
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Originally Posted by ManofKent View Post

^Looks good, but I'm always slightly wary of Barker. The Country collection, seems consistently well made with solid materials, other Barker's even from their higher grade ranges have been a mixed bag, some with pretty this leather on both soles and uppers.

Can you share your opinion if you managed to actually handle them, or anything from that particular line? Hopefully they're along Loake 1880 or other benchgrade northamptoners in quality... biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by kashmir View Post

Can you share your opinion if you managed to actually handle them, or anything from that particular line? Hopefully they're along Loake 1880 or other benchgrade northamptoners in quality... biggrin.gif

I'm not sure what line they're from - but my experience is based on owning the following Barker's:

I own the Barker Lincoln from the International line (supposedly one of their premium line's) and whilst the upper is a more supple leather than that used on the Loake 1880's I own (a few pairs) it is noticeably thinner and creases more easily. The sole is also very lightweight - they're comfortable shoes, but they're very lightweight and not as durable as Loake 1880.

I own the Barker Rainham from the Anniversary line (I think this was/is considered their top-line) and the soles are fine - not the best I've bought, but perfectly decent channelled soles of a similar grade of leather to Loake 1880's. The uppers are again decently supple but quite thin - again much thinner than anything I've bought from other benchgrade northamptoners.

The two pairs I've bought from the Barker Country Collection (Nairn and Harrison) have been very good (soles both Dainite) with decent uppers that are both reasonably supple and a reasonable thickness.

I ordered the Barker Flynn from the Professional line but returned it for quality control issues - the upper was badly creased when I recieved it and the leather was marked by the machine used to do the stitching. I can't really comment on the durability of the leather as I never wore it.

I've only handled Barkerflex, and that was enough for me to decide not to touch with a bargepole. I've no experience with the Heritage line.


Hopefully this explains why I'm wary of Barker beyond the Country Collection. Other people may have had different experiences - I've had mixed experiences with Crockett & Jones, whilst other people would recommend them whole-heartedly for example.
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Originally Posted by Islander View Post

I think I'll wait and see if the mainline MMM on Yoox make it to sale. I have big feet so there's a chance redface.gif

Yeah well, you better not be eyeing those 13s brother. I got a pair of very well loved Dayton W+H boots out here in Korea in bad need of a resole when I get home biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by ManofKent View Post

I'm not sure what line they're from - but my experience is based on owning the following Barker's:

I own the Barker Lincoln from the International line (supposedly one of their premium line's) and whilst the upper is a more supple leather than that used on the Loake 1880's I own (a few pairs) it is noticeably thinner and creases more easily. The sole is also very lightweight - they're comfortable shoes, but they're very lightweight and not as durable as Loake 1880.

I own the Barker Rainham from the Anniversary line (I think this was/is considered their top-line) and the soles are fine - not the best I've bought, but perfectly decent channelled soles of a similar grade of leather to Loake 1880's. The uppers are again decently supple but quite thin - again much thinner than anything I've bought from other benchgrade northamptoners.

The two pairs I've bought from the Barker Country Collection (Nairn and Harrison) have been very good (soles both Dainite) with decent uppers that are both reasonably supple and a reasonable thickness.

I ordered the Barker Flynn from the Professional line but returned it for quality control issues - the upper was badly creased when I recieved it and the leather was marked by the machine used to do the stitching. I can't really comment on the durability of the leather as I never wore it.

I've only handled Barkerflex, and that was enough for me to decide not to touch with a bargepole. I've no experience with the Heritage line.


Hopefully this explains why I'm wary of Barker beyond the Country Collection. Other people may have had different experiences - I've had mixed experiences with Crockett & Jones, whilst other people would recommend them whole-heartedly for example.

That is some extensive info, thanks MoK... and yeah, you're among the few not-so-satisfied customers of C&J, may I ask for what reason? Have you got any comments for the rest of the Northampton makers, namely those at around Loake 1880 price range - Sanders and Herring? I have only experiences with Herring and they are wonderful to deal with from a customer standpoint; hence it would be great to have more info regarding the other brands carried. They are always a solid option to recommend especially for entry-level...
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BNIB NDC for dirt cheap, even with shipping, only one size left:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/N-D-C-Belsize-Black-Designer-Leather/dp/B0071LL1VI
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Anyone know the quality of Barney's footwear? Is it decent?
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Originally Posted by mvpberto View Post

Anyone know the quality of Barney's footwear? Is it decent?

 

Are you talking of the shoes/boots with no name brand except for 'Barney's'?  They usually have their footwear made by an Italian manufacturer afaik.  Not sure if they always use the same one or not.   I have a pair of wingtip boots from them and they are very decent.  Good quality workmanship but as so often with some Italian boots, the leather is extremely supple and soft but I question its durability.  I wouldn't pay full price.  I got mine at an incredible discount.

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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

Are you talking of the shoes/boots with no name brand except for 'Barney's'?  They usually have their footwear made by an Italian manufacturer afaik.  Not sure if they always use the same one or not.   I have a pair of wingtip boots from them and they are very decent.  Good quality workmanship but as so often with some Italian boots, the leather is extremely supple and soft but I question its durability.  I wouldn't pay full price.  I got mine at an incredible discount.

Yeah the ones I saw are actually shoes not boots but I did mean them and they're at a pretty decent price.
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Originally Posted by BootSpell View Post

Are you talking of the shoes/boots with no name brand except for 'Barney's'?  They usually have their footwear made by an Italian manufacturer afaik.  Not sure if they always use the same one or not.   I have a pair of wingtip boots from them and they are very decent.  Good quality workmanship but as so often with some Italian boots, the leather is extremely supple and soft but I question its durability.  I wouldn't pay full price.  I got mine at an incredible discount.

Yeah the ones I saw are actually shoes not boots but I did mean them and they're at a pretty decent price.
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Originally Posted by kashmir View Post

That is some extensive info, thanks MoK... and yeah, you're among the few not-so-satisfied customers of C&J, may I ask for what reason? Have you got any comments for the rest of the Northampton makers, namely those at around Loake 1880 price range - Sanders and Herring? I have only experiences with Herring and they are wonderful to deal with from a customer standpoint; hence it would be great to have more info regarding the other brands carried. They are always a solid option to recommend especially for entry-level...

I've had three pairs of C&J - two of which have held up well, one of which hasn't. I wouldn't say I'm exactly unsatisfied, but I think it's a bit over-hyped, and a little over-priced. The pricing puts it up at Tricker's level, and I think for the money they produce a much better quality shoe.

Sanders quality seems variable - I've got a great pair of commando soled derbies that are slightly better than typical Loake 1880 quality, but a pair of Chelseas where the leather won't take polish evenly and are 'okay' at best. A pair of black boots are one of my most worn bits of footwear. Certainly worth a look.

The only Herring shoes I've had were effectively re-branded Loake 1880's (much like most of Charles Tyrwhitt's better own-branded shoes). I've no experience with their Portuguese made lines.

Cheaney have been very solid shoes for the price, although I think mine were made pre the Church family buyout. I'd certainly look at their current stock.

Church's are decent enough but nothing special for the price.

Alfred Sargent seem to have positioned themselves more upmarket recently and look really nice. The only shoes I've got from them were from the discontinued Premier line (good shoes at a good price) and a pair from the old Classic Collection (generally decently made, but corrected grain, although the Suede shoes were a bargain).

Grenson seem to have changed their lines too - I liked the old Rose Collection, and disliked the lower lines.
Edited by ManofKent - 3/9/13 at 10:13pm
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1905 Centennial
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i like these. what's the brand?

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Hey guys, just started reading this thread and loving it so far. Thought I'd share my only sf worthy boots (thanks for the hookup shah). My feet have a pretty low arch and the front is especially flat, so I was wondering if anyone had suggestions of insoles that might help me "fill out" the shoe a bit more, like when they have trees in? 

 

 

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