The Allen - Black Spruce (602 Last) Factory Second
Boot and Leather
A continuation in the green boot series for Parkhurst, introducing the Black Spruce Allen boot. Featuring an ultra-rugged, waterproof leather from the C.F. Stead tannery, this article has been waxed both in the tanning process and on the surface. The shorter nap on Waxy Commander leather allows for a much easier re-waxing when the time comes. This leather is a thicker waxed leather and is ready to take a beating.
Like with all of our boots, this one is lined in the vamp and toebox and unlined in the quarters. The quarters are finished with a suede on the backside providing extra comfort and breath-ability for your ankles.
1 - Upper leather color may be darker then shown in pictures on these couple of pairs. Slight stitching abnormalities may be present such as a crooked stitch or two.
Last - 602
The new last is aimed towards balance, flexibility and comfort. The 602 provides the below features:
1. Tapered heel and arch.
2. E width at the forefoot and into a rounder toebox which also helps with pronation.
3. Contoured to provide a comfortably snug fit.
Sizing and Fit
If for example you measure a 10D or are between a D and E width on the Brannock, we suggest sizing down to a 9.5 in this last. If you are an E or slightly above a single E width or would like extra room, a size 10 in this example would be recommended. If you are between D and E widths and want to make sure you have some extra space, we suggest going with your Brannock size.
If you sized down a half size from Brannock into the No. 18 last, we suggest taking your same size in the 602 last. If your No. 18 last is a size 10 then we suggest a size 10 in the 602 last.
The new build focuses on enhanced breath-ability and shock absorption in a more natural way. The below are features/changes made for this model as well as others coming out:
1. Thicker, unlined upper leathers and 2/3 gusset tongue.
2. Vegetable tanned bends leather insoles - considered to be the gold standard of insoles due to their moisture wicking properties, ease of use and longevity.
3. Thicker bends leather, outsole-grade midsoles for enhanced natural shock absorption.
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Construction – Goodyear welted with natural cork and shank
Upper – Waxy Commander leather tanned by C.F. Stead
Insole – Vegetable tanned bends leather
Hardware – 7 dark brown large eyelets
Laces – Flat waxed
Welt – Vegetable tanned leather
Midsole – Vegetable tanned leather
Sole/Heel – Dainite Rubber
No. 18 Last (Original)
This last runs between a D and single E width with a slight almond shaped toe. Our general rule of thumb is to go down a half size from your typical sneaker size. So for example, if you wear a size 10.5 in sneakers, we would suggest a size 10 in our boots. We recommend trying your boots on/wearing them with a thin sock or dress sock to get an accurate idea of feel. If you wear a single E wide width or prefer a bit of extra room in your footwear, we would suggest ordering your Brannock size in this last. Our last will generally not accommodate EE or EEE widths and higher as measured on a Brannock device. However do note that just because these widths are labeled on a size from a brand as EE or EEE, it does not mean that the actual Brannock measurement is a EE or EEE as sometimes wide is abbreviated as EE or EEE.
Brand size comparison examples:
Brannock - Half size down to true to size. If you have a wider forefoot but not quite a single E width, go with your Brannock size. If you are a standard/D width, go a half size down from Brannock.
Viberg 2030 - Half size up if D/standard width.
Red Wing No. 8 Last - Half size up.
Allen Edmond's Boots - True to size.
Alden Barrie - Generally one half size up.
Nike - Half size down.
New Balance - Half size down.
Adidas - Half size down.
Reebok - Half size down.
More sizing information on this last can be found via this video link.
No. 602 Last (New)
This is the newer Parkhurst last which has a slightly lower volume to provide a more comfortably snug fit and to help prevent heel slip while maintaining a rounded forefoot. Its features include a rounder, more laterally voluminous, yet low profile toebox along with a tapered arch and a snug heel. The instep on this last is more contoured to the natural shape of your instep angle. The taper in the arch and heel will provide a more natural, mild arch support.
Size comparison examples from current customers going off of a D/standard width:
Brannock - Half size down. If you're a 10D Brannock or slightly over a D width, go with size 9.5 in the 602 last. If you measure a single E width, more towards a single E width or prefer a slight bit of extra room without a drastic length increase, we suggest going with your Brannock size. In this example, a size 10.
Parkhurst No. 18 - True to size.
Alden Barrie and Trubalance - True to size if D width. Some customers go a half size up from this last into the 602 last if they are looking for a bit more space or have a wider forefoot.
Red Wing No. 8 - True to size if D width.
Thursday Boot - True to size if D width.
Allen Edmond's - True to size if D width.
Nike - Half size down if D width.
Adidas - Half size down if D width.
New Balance - Half size down if D width.
Sizing can sometimes be particular for each individual and we are more than happy to help you determine the correct size in our boots by emailing email@example.com. We can also assist in identifying the right size for you based off of what you wear in other brands of footwear.
We believe in making our footwear in the U.S. to help revive the American manufacturing industry. The materials used to make this boot came from the below states:
Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
We love using Dainite soles and C.F. Stead leather - and will continue to do so in the future. Since these are not manufactured directly here they are ordered through American distributors in the Mid-West and Eastern coast to help support the supply chain both in the industry and the U.S.A.