Why was Parkhurst started?

The idea for Parkhurst was born, and continues, in Buffalo, New York. The goal  was simple - build a quality boot with soul, but one which struck a balance between dress and work - or as we like to refer to it, refined ruggedness. We are grateful to work with factories both in New York and Spain who posses the technology, skill and heritage to help make this idea become a reality. 

From a construction standpoint, we use a time-honored build called Goodyear welt construction. This build allows your boots to be re-soled over time and with wear. We do this while focusing on components used to build the boots such as rugged upper leathers and vegetable tanned leather components while producing in Spain and the USA when possible. Our boots are limited production run styles which means for the most part, re-stocks of sizes and styles do not take place. Are Parkhurst boots perfect? No. But we will always provide you with a handsome, quality made boot at a valuable price-point.

Design Inspiration and Value

Parkhurst aims to create footwear with character, soul, and a long life—something that delivers a great look for a discerning buyer who demands the most for their money. The best part? The value. Our boots are often in the $300 - $400 price range. We aim to keep all of our boots around this price-point and our more exotic-leather models are generally priced higher due to material cost.

Some of the upper leathers alone, tanned by Horween, CF Stead and Seidel, may cost as much as a new pair of sneakers per pair. We believe in using name brand materials and leather when available, creating hand-crafted products and offering them at a fair price. We want our customers to be confident knowing they received the best boot for their buck.

Our boots are designed to be sleekly handsome, while also infinitely capable in many different conditions. We believe that boots should be made to look better the more they're worn. Our leathers are tanned with wax and natural oils in order to provide the purest form of elemental resistance, all while developing a gorgeous patina, especially our vegetable tanned models.

Sourcing Responsibility

We recognize our responsibility to our customers to create a quality boot by working with an experienced factory as well as manufacturing in a region of the world (US and Spain) which shares the same fair labor values as we do.

Nearly all of our components/raw materials come from suppliers and manufacturers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and new to our manufacturing portfolio - Spain. We use leather hides from tier 1 North American free-range cattle who live grass-fed, healthy lives, primarily in the US and Northern Europe. Each production hide we use is what's called a first-quality tannery run, which means it's the best quality you can get from a tannery. Even our popular kudu leather, which is tanned at England's famed C.F. Stead tannery, is purchased through a US-based supplier. Is this a revolutionary idea? No, but we believe in taking the small steps needed as part of working towards a larger goal of keeping this industry going.

Manufacturing Responsibility

Sustainability is hugely important to us. Our boots are made to last for years—and be easily re-soled when the time comes (we'll even do it for you!). Mainstream cemented shoe-making involves using nearly 100% synthetic materials in the shoe-making process and emits a few dozen pounds of carbon dioxide per pair. With over 2 billion pairs of shoes produced that way per year—and often thrown away far too quickly—the impact on the environment becomes staggering. We're hoping to change that by working with a small and efficient operation, running machines only when necessary and using quality, name-brand components which last. All of our product packaging comes from a recycled source, is recyclable or comes from organic cotton. Add this to our carbon-neutral shipping program within the USA and our impact on the environment becomes smaller than other major shoe brands who manufacture with large factories.

So what is the bottom line with Parkhurst?

Attractive, quality footwear. The world doesn’t need one more pair of disposable boots. We make footwear that lasts and can be maintained—not disposed of. That's us. That's Parkhurst.