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Anonymous asked: Hi Jake, do you have any experience with Barker shoes? I'm shopping around for a pair of brogue boots after watching the new James Bond film, and Barker seem to be pretty reasonable (i.e. wallet friendly). I'm wondering if you know which other brands they compare best with re: quality etc? I've already looked on SF but the threads there make reference to Barker Black and I can't seem to find out the difference between Barker and Barker Black on the brand website. Any help is really appreciated.

I have had Barker shoes before and depending on the line you’re buying, I think pretty highly of them for the price. You just need to be very careful with what you’re buying, as they definitely range in quality and have a fair amount of crappy offerings. Their full grain/goodyear shoes compare favorably to Allen Edmonds in my opinion. Barker Black is their ‘modern’ line which is loosely related and full of little gimmicks - it’s also priced astronomically. I have no doubt BB shoes are well made, but would buy others for the price.

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