your opinion on paraboot shoes? - Page 2
Ha....Have four pair, three lace ups. Two split toe and one cap toe plus a pair of slip-on's. They are very well made and wear like tanks....Similar to "Heschung" in build and look...
Rain, snow and slush these things don't mind...Mind that the ones I have are the hard rubber sole.
Not my favorite shoe but as far as comfort and durability there hard to beat and don't need to be babied.....
Here is a pic on my most recent ones. I'm debating about taking small nail scissors and removing the label. It reminds me of budget Bass shoes.
(Nick V. - I'm not really replying to your post, but just picking up on an old one I came across. Trying to introduce un peu de je ne sais quoi into this thread. Some very good shoe makers in France. Any comments you may have on the original machine "insole folding" technique - don't know what else to call it - most welcome)
To reiterate what has been said, Paraboot are really well-made shoes/boots IMO. They're one of the remaining makers that still exist from the French region of Romans-sur-Isère, to the south-east of Lyon on the river Isère, known for its shoe making since I don't know when (probably Roman times, as the name implies). In its heyday the region counted about 3,500 workers (in the 50s), compared to Northamptonshire's 35,000 in the late 50s. But the French shoe-making industry has always been more dispersed than the English. Paraboot make a range of shoes for general buyers, including fashion cimented stuff and sandals, but a large number of their models are GYW, and they're good solid shoes with good leather as far as I have experienced. They also have a range (insoles "gravure" in French) that use older machines that were used up to the 1920's, that tried better to imitate the hand-sewn seaming technique. That's to say the insoles were cut at the edges and folded over, and this is stitched through the uppers and the welt. So it's a bit different to the current use of ribbing (gemming) in GYW shoes. JM Weston, another French maker, always uses this method as far as I am aware. I suppose it could be considered halfway between a GY welt and a hand-sewn in terms of solidity (a very moot point - see the "sole welting" thread ---- BTW I use "moot" here in the UK sense and not the US sense). I don't like the habit of Paraboot to always put a piece of canvas/tissue with the Paraboot name sewn onto the outside of each shoe, but other than that, I really recommend them. They're on a par with, for instance, Cheaney or Trickers IMO. Paraboot also make hunting, hiking and security shoes/boots under the names Parachoc, Galibier, Parasport. They make some really nice high boots in hydrofuge leather, fully fleece lined, which are great for winter country walking (not just for the hunters).
I've had mine for around 4 months. The black avignon is my everyday pair that I wear in bad weather. Very comfortable, and have kept my feet dry through heavy rain, snow and slush. I've started falling in love with the Michael lately too. Looks special but certainly has character.
Paraboot just keeps growing on me.
The green tag is easy to remove with a small scissor or a knife. Just be careful not to cut the seams.
Paraboot makes very hard-wearing shoes and boots, if we are speaking about their Made in France stuff. Usually Goodyear Welted, sometimes Norwegian Welted. Some Paraboot shoes (loafers, mocs, etc.) are made in Spain - nothing special at all, but still decent quality, in my opinion. However, their styles are sometimes very arguable...and, unfortunately, they like their label so much so they put it often on the visible part of the shoes! It's irritating.
Any opinions on the leather soled Paraboot shoes with patina, like in the Dandy collection? I have bought Septieme Largeur and Justin Fitzpatrick in the past, and am familiar with Allen Edmonds. These seem to be a step up in finish, and from what I read are great quality, but they don't seem as sleek as the Septieme Largeur or Justin Fitzpatrick.
While I have spent, and will likely do so again, $500+ on shoes, that is about as much as I ever had and it was for MTO button boots (an item that I would say is about as high as anything on my wanted list). So should I just bite the bullet and consider the paraboot, its quality will be worth it in the long term, or should I buy a cheaper shoe from a brand I know I like.
Note, Paraboot is available locally, while my preferred (and cheaper) brands are not. I’m really looking into getting some oxfords and/or loafers. Something I don’t know how it will fit with the other brands.