What is the quality of Barbour shoes like?

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  1. xreyuk

    xreyuk Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at buying the following two pairs of shoes, one is a chukka boot, the other a boat shoe.

    Boat Shoes

    Chukka Boots

    I have never bought barbour shoes before and wondered if anyone could tell me what the quality is like?
    As a side question, would I use the same shoe care regiment for both types of shoes?

    Thanks!
     


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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    AFAIK, Barbour does not make its own footwear, so the quality probably varies depending on the contractor used. I would assume that the quality would be reasonable, but it will be difficult to know without seeing the boots firsthand.

    Yes, the same shoe care regimen could be used for both types of shoes.

    Why not buy boat shoes from a company known for it's boat shoes (like Sperry) and the chukkas from a company known for it's chukkas (Church's, Crockett&Jones, etc...)?
     


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    Thanks.

    Church's and Crockett & Jones are out of my price range. I had a look at Sperry but I've barely seen any brown leather ones that I like, there's always something about the design that's off. I've not looked much past Sperry's website though so I'll have a look around.

    I've considered the Clarks's Desert Boot instead of the above Chukka.
     


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    I suppose that it will probably come down to a matter of tastes then. Frankly, I find that Barbout boat shoes to be overdesigned, with the two types of contrast stitching, and the wierd detail on the heal counter - but it's not my money.

    How about these Timberlands: https://www.outdoorandcountry.co.uk/mens-timberland-icon-classic-2-eye-shoes-db.html

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    Thanks for the recommendation, I like those, ill have a look around some other places and see if they have my size!
     


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    Hi
    For boat shoes, Sebago is another company that makes styles with more detailing and color blocking. They may be worth checking out.

    For chukkas, I've heard good things about the Clarks bees wax leather. Personally, I picked up a pair of Born Twains on sale a few years ago as a pair beater leather chukkas, and they've held up much better than expected (except for the laces). They also look very similar to the Barbours you linked to. I think they're normally priced around $90 to $110. And if you're looking for a chukka with more of the Church or C&J shape at a lower price point, the Florsheim Constable chukka is on sale now for $119 on their website. It's Florsheim, so don't expect outstanding quality, but the Constable model is full grain leather and Goodyear welted, which is pretty nice at the sub-$150 price point.

    Hope that helps!
     


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    Thanks, I'll take a look at your suggestions, there's a few brands I've not heard of there.

    I've looked at the Clark's beeswax ones, and they were my first choice until I saw the Barbour ones above. The only thing I don't like about the Clark's CDB is that it appears to have a very light coloured sole in the pictures of I've seen on the website, but I'm going to go in and check them in store before I make any decisions. I'll check out those other brands you suggested to.
     


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    Thanks. I'm in the UK, looks like the Constable Chukka's aren't available here, however Sebago is widely available, just hoping I can find a pair in the brown I want.

    Thanks again!

    *EDIT*
    How are the quality of GANT? There is currently a pair of GANT boat shoes half price in a nice brown on there.
     
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