your opinion on paraboot shoes?

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  1. jha222

    jha222 Senior member

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    I found little information on SF or the internet about this brand. It is rare in the US but there are some amount of paraboots floating around on eBay. I found this french blog (http://redingote.fr/breves/paraboot-made-in-france/) saying that paraboot is underrated. I also heard they are making shoes for hermes ? any one can confirm that ? Any one has opinions and experience with this brand ?
     


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    ljrcustom Senior member

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    A local store here carries then and the owners are always telling me how well they are made, but he never has my size in them so I haven't ever tried on a pair.

    -LR
     


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    jha222 Senior member

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    on its website, they said all their shoes are made using either Goodyear or Norwegian welted construction, and each shoe go through more than 150 manual operations. but they also say that 350,000 pairs are made per year in the Isere valley by their 200 artisans. It's a lot of shoes for one person to make per day with 150 operations !!!!
    A local store here carries then and the owners are always telling me how well they are made, but he never has my size in them so I haven't ever tried on a pair. -LR
     


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    BlackBrumel Senior member

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    The paraboots are very well ranked in France.
     


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    ljrcustom Senior member

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    The paraboots are very well ranked in France.

    Well isn't that where they are made?

    -LR
     


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    radicaldog Senior member

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    They're good stuff. Very nice and distinctive casual shoes, and some models are a respectable but much cheaper alternative to JM Weston.
     


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    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well made. I'd like to see more of them here in the U.S.
     


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    Dewey Senior member

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    Brooks Brothers tried selling them, but no dice. Not sure if this is true of all Paraboots, but the Paraboot for BB shoes had an offensive brand-name tag in a conspicuous place. Like Bass Exeters but with the tag on the wing tip or something like that. American igents with any Paraboot experience might have gathered that from BB.
     


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    saint Senior member

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    Paraboots are great: well-made and very comfortable. I have about 8 pairs and really like them although the leather isn't outstanding, it is much better than that used by Mephisto. Unfortunately they all have the little green tag. Zappos used to carry them, and theshoemart.com still carries them.
     


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    Newcomer Senior member

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    They seem pretty darned expensive for a shoe with leather that is not 'that outstanding' though [​IMG].

    Shoemart has 'em for close to $500.
     


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    The pair of boots I have are comfortable and very well made.
     


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    Outlet_cherry_picker Well-Known Member

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    The paraboot shoes are very well manufactured and has the best materials I recomend it very much.
     


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    They seem pretty darned expensive for a shoe with leather that is not 'that outstanding' though [​IMG].

    Shoemart has 'em for close to $500.


    thats is basically the bottom price of any "high end" shoe not called Allen Edmonds
     


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    Well made. I'd like to see more of them here in the U.S.

    +1

    Definitely high-quality construction, and I find them very comfortable. SF favorite Pediwear offers a wide range
     


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