Caruso was designed by Albert Barker in the early 1960's, taking inspiration from the popular American classic 'Penny loafer'. Albert set out to design a Barker version on a new last at the time - shape 10.
60 years on Caruso and the shape 10 last are still a cemented part of our in stock collection, available in Black and Burgundy Hi-Shine with a hand stitched apron and saddle.
Part of Barker's Autumn/Winter 2018 'Professional Collection'
Barker shoes have been an English tradition for over a hundred years. Only the most carefully selected leathers are used and the uppers are shaped on the last by hand. Many other traditional shoemaking methods are still employed including slow natural drying and polishing. This is why Barker shoes have a unique quality that no machine can ever match. Barker shoes have been made in the Northamptonshire village of Earls Barton since 1880. In a changing world, it's good to know you can still find perfection if you look for it.