The Niagara - Black Factory Sample
Boot and Leather
Part of our pre-order from this past Fall, this is our first ever moc toe-style boot called the Niagara. If you happened to miss the pre-order, now is your chance to pick up a pair of these boots while some sizes remain. Using a custom Parkhurst full grain upper leather with the help of our partner tannery in Spain, this article is a full grain combination chrome and vegetable tanned bovine leather in a black colorway. It is hot stuffed with natural oils and waxes to help with water resistance and makes for easy cleaning/conditioning. Some may find this leather to be quite similar to Chromexcel due to similarities in the tanning process.
1 - Factory sample ran prior to production pre-order for last Niagara cycle.
Last - 602M
Aimed at balance with a focus on more natural support, this last is the modified (M) version of our 602 last. The modifications include a small addition of width in the pinky toe area along with a slight addition of depth in the vamp and toebox.
Sizing guidance is based primarily off of Brannock measurement. If you are a D width we suggest going down a half size from your Brannock measurement. If you are a single E width, we suggest going with your Brannock size. If you are between a D or C width, we suggest going down a full size from Brannock.
If you would prefer to size based off of your typical sneaker size, we suggest going down a half size to start. Additional information regarding in depth sizing guidance can be found under our FAQ section here.
Our build focuses on enhanced breath-ability and shock absorption in a more natural way by using more vegetable tanned leather components. These components include the below:
- Vegetable tanned bends leather insole, midsole, welt, heel counters, heel stack
- Steel shank + cork filler
- 360 degree Goodyear welt construction
- Itshide Commando lugged sole + heel toplift
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Construction – Goodyear welted with natural cork and steel shank
Upper – Full grain combination tanned leather
Lining Leather – Vegetable tanned calfskin
Insole – Vegetable tanned bends leather
Hardware – 5 eyelets, 3 speedhooks all brass
Laces – Flat waxed + round waxed
Welt – Vegetable tanned leather
Midsole – Vegetable tanned leather
Sole/Heel – Vibram Wedge
Heel Stack – Vegetable tanned bends leather cut from our insole leather
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Our lasts run big for most customers. Therefore, we suggest in general sizing down from your typical sneaker or shoe size. Naturally we understand there are those who may fall between the cracks of general sizing guidance as every foot type is different. If you need help with sizing, feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any footwear sizing information you currently have, and we can help identify the best size for you in Parkhurst boots.
This last has a slightly lower volume to provide a more comfortably snug fit and to help prevent heel slip while maintaining a rounder forefoot. Its features include a single E width toebox as measured on the Brannock, along with a tapered arch and 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 can help 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. If you are a narrow width or low volume foot, we suggest going a full size down from your Brannock measurement.
Alden Barrie and Trubalance - True to size if D width.
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, half size down if narrow.
Nike - Full size down if standard/medium width, half size down if width is slightly wider.
Adidas - Full size down if standard/medium width, half size down if width is slightly wider.
New Balance - Full size down if standard/medium width, half size down if width is slightly wider.
This last is used for Chelsea and moc toe boots in order to support the traditionally narrower patterns for them. The difference between the two is the 602M last has a touch more depth in the toebox and width in the pinky toe area by about 1mm. Therefore, you may find there to be a slight addition of room in the toebox in this last.
Sizing for this and the 602 last has been consistent between D and up to single E width as measured on Brannock. So if you take a size 9 in the 602 last and are a D/E width, we would suggest a size 9 in the 602M last. If you take a size 9 in the 602 last and are a true D or D/C width, we suggest going down a half size into the 602M last, so in this case, a size 8.5 would be recommended. General size translations are below:
Brannock - Half size down, full size if narrower, lower volume foot.
Wide Width's - Take your normal wide width numerical size for E and EE. EEE will not fit.
Alden Trubalance - True to size
Alden Barrie - True to size
Red Wing - True to size
Nike - Full size down
New Balance - Full size down
Adidas - Full size down
Wide Width - 602 Last
We suggest taking your normal wide width size in welted footwear. If you are going off of your Brannock size, we suggest going down a half size. For example, if you measure a 10EE on the Bannock, we suggest ordering a size 9.5EE in our boots. Single E widths are typically accommodated by our regular 602 last since the toebox at its peak is a single E as measured on the Brannock.
We have found that taking your typical women’s size in boots to be a quite true to size for our 602 last. For some, this may translate into a half size down from your typical sneaker size. For others with narrow or low volume feet, this may translate into a full size down from sneaker size. Some brand sizing translation examples can be found below:
Adidas – Half size down
Nike – Half size down
Converse – True to size, half size up if wide or high-volume foot
Red Wing – True to size
Frye – True to size
Tory Burch – True to size
Timberland – True to size
We believe in making our footwear with manufacturers who create the best quality boots and components we can find, while keeping in mind production sustainability and environmental impact. At this moment, almost half or of our production is done from solar panel-generated electricity used to run the machines to make our boots. Our supply chains in both the US and Spain have allowed us to use better quality components such as steel shanks and different vegetable tanned leathers while incorporating products made in the US as well. We are grateful to work with some of the best factories and component manufacturers in the industry to help make our boots up to quality specifications desired by our customers. Working with both suppliers and manufacturers in the USA, and now Spain, has helped us to produce the best boot we have made since Parkhurst was started at the end of 2018.