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Store Profile: Barker Black L.A.

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Barker Black has quietly been flying under the radar as one of the best footwear brands for years now. Not only does designer Derrick Miller understand construction, but he also has a great grasp on aesthetics and seeing what’s missing in the market. When Miller took the helm of the now 130-year-old brand in 2005, he brought something completely new to the classic British shoe. The brand has successfully revamped the stodginess men had become accustomed to and replaced it with a rockstar edge that is personified by their skull and crossbones logo. The new 500 sq. ft. space on North Robertson encapsulates the clean lines and tongue-in-cheek whimsy that the shoes exude. Whether it’s an avocado-colored suede Oxford or a pair of skull and crossbone brogued wingtips, subtle design details result in excitement over otherwise traditional footwear styles.

450 North Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles and 198B Elizabeth Street in New York

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