Ted Baker Barces Review

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Who doesn’t love a comfy pair of sneakers?! Ted Baker’s Barces is a skate-inspired pair that was made for your enjoyment. Its luxe appearance and perfect wearability make this shoe a must-have for casual occasions that call for a comforting ride. If you’re shopping for a well-made option that is versatile enough to wear practically anywhere then this is a solid choice to consider! It’s breathable, lightweight, and offers a stylish design that will keep you looking your best no matter where you’re headed to. This sneaker is ideal for people with wider feet thanks to its wider forefoot and all-around roomy structure.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Wiggle Room
  • Breathable Materials
  • Contrast Lacing
  • Mesh Upper
  • Smooth Exterior
Cons
  • Limited Colorways
Style

Style

This skate-inspired pair offers the ultimate in comfort and wearability. Its low top design keeps you cool and comfortable, while it's made to be either laced up or slipped into, depending on what you prefer. No matter what sort of weather conditions you're headed out in Barces rubber sole will keep you from accidentally slipping or falling which is a nice feature because you won't have to concern with the weather conditions. Its mesh and textile upper means you can wear this sneaker year-round with ease and its smooth appearance are perfect for nearly any occasion. This is the kind of sneaker that looks like a high-end pair and wears like a comfortable athletic design.
Closures

Closures

Barces’ lace-up design means you'll feel completely comfortable while wearing this sneaker. Leases Laces are an adjustable type of closure system that put you in control of how well the shoes will fit your feet. They’re a quick and convenient way to fasten your shoes and offer a customized kind of feel that is more comforting than other types of closures. Laces are also more secure and less likely to cause issues if you're engaged in physical activity. This pair has a cool looking set that comes with the top two laces in a contrasting color to the rest. This sets them apart from other designs we see with a solid tone throughout the entire lace and gives an individual feel and an ultra stylish finish.
Sole

Sole

This pair has a rubber sole that offers excellent traction on both wet and dry surfaces. Rubber is a non-marking material so you won’t have to worry about scuffs or marks on floored surfaces and offers greater waterproofing than other options available. This means you can wear these sneakers year round with ease and won’t have to worry about taking an accidental tumble if you're walking on slippery surfaces. Rubber is also one of the most long long-lasting and durable options available which means your shoes will last you longer and will end up saving money in the end. If you buy a pair with a sole made from another material it is more likely to wear out before the rest of the shoe which means you will have to replace them that much faster.
Upper

Upper

This sneaker has a breathable upper unit that's made from cooling mesh and textile materials. The mesh gives this pair a unique look with a netted style over the top of the textile fabrics. Mesh is one of the best materials for breathability because of its open weave makeup that allows for maximum airflow inside the shoe and around your skin. It's important that your shoes are breathable in order to prevent overheating which can lead to excessive sweating and a buildup of odor-causing bacteria. In order to keep your feet feeling cool and fresh, you'll need a pair that properly regulates the temperature and allows adequate airflow next your skin. This sneaker delivers nicely on all of these factors and will keep you walking cool and comfortable for hours on end.
Lining

Lining

The sneakers have a textile lining material that allows for better airflow and helps prevent sweating inside of your shoes. The lining material is an important aspect because it helps to regulate temperature, control moisture, and lessen the chance of having smelly shoes. When you sweat excessively the moist environment makes the perfect breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria that can quickly ruin your shoes. The lining material has to be made from a fabric that’s not going to smother your skin while at the same time will keep you either warm or cool enough. This pair has the perfect lining material because it makes the environment inside of your shoe more enjoyable and helps prevent all of these issues that could have the potential to ruin your day.
Comfort

Comfort

Overall, this is a comfortable shoe and most wears found that they enjoyed it for almost every kind of occasion. Its skate-inspired design offers a roomy fit that won't cramp your feet if you have a wider shape. Its lace-up design is more adjustable and lets you customize the way that they fit your feet for the perfect feel. Skate-inspired pairs are an enjoyable choice of footwear because they are made to be comfortable and provide better traction on any type of surface. That means that when it's wet and raining outside you won't have to worry about walking on edge trying not to slip because your shoes have got you covered and will keep you upright and stable on your feet.
Brand

Brand

As one of the leading and fastest growing labels in the UK, Ted Baker is a brand that you can trust when it comes to lifestyle apparel. Since their humble beginnings in Glasgow back in 1987m, this brand has continued to expand and has grown to become a world-renown name in menswear. Over the decades, it has expanded from simply menswear to include a wide scope of products including womenswear, endurance, accessories, fragrances, and more. In 2006, Ted Baker signed new licensing agreements in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai and continued to expand their range of locations over the next few years. They’ve now added Taiwan, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur to their list of retail stores and have secured themselves as a contemporary brand that’s here to stay. Quality, attention to detail, and fashionable designs are what this line is known for and everything produced under the label is considered to be a worthy choice of apparel.
Colorways

Colorways

Unfortunately, this sneaker comes in limited colorways which include black and dark blue. Even though these are neutral colors that look good with basically any clothing or accessories they’re still rather plain and leave little to be imagination. It would've been nice to of seen some different shades of gray and a few variations of tan or brown hues. The black is a very versatile colorway that can be matched with practically any color apparel and looks especially great with blue jeans, brown or black pants, and even a tan pair of trousers. The dark blue ones look incredibly good with brown and black pants or even the right shade of orange.
Support

Support

One of the downfalls to skate-inspired sneakers is that they lack arch support which can cause issues if you're wearing them for long periods of time. It's important that you probably support the arch of the foot in order to prevent collapse and other aches and pains associated with the strain of walking unsupported. The arch of the foot is a delicate area that supports the entire weight of the body with every step you take and also absorbs waves of shock from the impact. Without support, you can end up feeling less than lively because that sensitive area is in need of extra assistance. The Barces sneaker does have a lightly padded footbed which helps to absorb some of the shockwaves but doesn't quite live up to the expectation you would have of a supportive pair.
Width

Width

Some wearers complained about the width of this shoe saying it is too wide to fit comfortably. This would likely affect people with narrow feet as those with wide feet would find the roomy toe to be a welcomed retreat from the usually narrow athletic-inspired pairs. If you do have overly narrow feet you might want to try a half size down from your normal size which will help to even out the width with your foot, Or, if it's winter time and the weather is chilly you could always try doubling up your socks which will give you some added bulk and help the shoes fit better. Skate-inspired pairs are generally quite wide and can often pose this kind of issue for wearers with slender feet.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, Ted Baker's Barces is a great choice of footwear for anyone who enjoys skate-inspired designs. It's comfortable and well-made so it will last you for quite some time which will end up saving you money in the long run. Its breathable upper materials ensure that you won't feel too hot and help to prevent excessive sweating while you wear them. This is important to help control odors because eliminates the hospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria that moist shoes provide. Most wearers enjoyed the overall feel this shoe delivered and were impressed by how well the label lived up to their claims. One of the downsides to this pair is that it comes in limited colorways as it would have been much nicer to have seen some more options in terms of hues. It's also lacking in support which is often seen with the style of footwear and can pose a problem if you're planning to wear it for long periods of time. Those people with narrow feet might find Barces to be a little on the loose side, but this can be worked around by purchasing a half-size smaller than you normally would. All in all, this shoe was well received among wearers and is a solid choice to consider for this type of footwear.