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DavidCreightonB

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Earlier this year I was interested in getting a monkey boot from ZB. I wanted to know if they could use the upper from their urban sport shoe and combine it with they hiking boot (commando sole, leather upper, edge foam, cork inlays). Since they both use the parachute last, it seems a reasonable blend to get the style I was looking for.

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ZB Urban Sport Boot.​

Alexandra informed me that ZB was working on a paratrooper style boot. It was being modeled after the paracadutista, the footwear of the Italy’s airborne division. Parachute boots are typically 9" high, no speed hooks, with lacing to the top so you can tuck in your trousers. ZB could provide a version that was lower cut which would be closer to what I was looking for. Without having seen any of their designs, I decided to go with the standard paratrooper boot at full height.

Two months ago ZB introduced their Parachute Military Boots. Last week my boots arrived:

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The stock version is horsehide and all black. I did a material change, added the Norvegese construction and antique sole and heel. These are an absolute killer.

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ZB added padding to the top of the boot, as you can see below (square at the top of the boot), and to the inside of the tongue so out of the box there is no rubbing or cutting like I get on some traditional paratrooper boots.


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Instead of the Norvegese construction being blacked out, ZB dyed it a dark grey to highlight the constriction and still allow it to blend in to the overall look.

The parachute last has more volume than the standard Sailor last. I find the fit has a little more room in both width and height, but not enough to change my sizing. A heaver wool sock, for me, makes up the difference. Ends up being a really comfortable fit. Below you can see a Sailor last on the right and the Parachute last on the left.

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For a height comparison, I have a pair of 11" Engineering boots and the ZB Derby style boot to see where these fit in. I haven't worn Corcoran type boots in years and I forgot how much I missed the fit. The leather at the ankle is really soft and bends easily. Heel lock is excellent. Combine that with the inside calf leather, which is closer to a glove leather, and I had almost no break-in time to get these comfortable.

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Quick height comparison - ZB Derby vs ZB Parachute Military
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I generally don't post new shoes or boots, especially with exotic leathers, but these blew me away. Normally the elephant from ZB is a nubuck or suede in feel and appearance. In this case, they provided a black wax surface, which supports the paratrooper look and gives it an overall stealth look.

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Alexandra was good enough to provide a ZB photo while my boots where in transit. It's a much better picture than I could take with an iPhone. If you're on the fence with the boot height, all I can say is there are the most comfortable boots I've gotten from ZB.

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Cheers,

DaveB
 

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stephenaf2003

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Earlier this year I was interested in getting a monkey boot from ZB. I wanted to know if they could use the upper from their urban sport shoe and combine it with they hiking boot (commando sole, leather upper, edge foam, cork inlays). Since they both use the parachute last, it seems a reasonable blend to get the style I was looking for.

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ZB Urban Sport Boot.​

Alexandra informed me that ZB was working on a paratrooper style boot. It was being modeled after the paracadutista, the footwear of the Italy’s airborne division. Parachute boots are typically 9" high, no speed hooks, with lacing to the top so you can tuck in your trousers. ZB could provide a version that was lower cut which would be closer to what I was looking for. Without having seen any of their designs, I decided to go with the standard paratrooper boot at full height.

Two months ago ZB introduced their Parachute Military Boots. Last week my boots arrived:

View attachment 1479078

The stock version is horsehide and all black. I did a material change, added the Norvegese construction and antique sole and heel. These are an absolute killer.

View attachment 1479083


ZB added padding to the top of the boot, as you can see below (square at the top of the boot), and to the inside of the tongue so out of the box there is no rubbing or cutting like I get on some traditional paratrooper boots.


View attachment 1479090

Instead of the Norvegese construction being blacked out, ZB dyed it a dark grey to highlight the constriction and still allow it to blend in to the overall look.

The parachute last has more volume than the standard Sailor last. I find the fit has a little more room in both width and height, but not enough to change my sizing. A heaver wool sock, for me, makes up the difference. Ends up being a really comfortable fit. Below you can see a Sailor last on the right and the Parachute last on the left.

View attachment 1479105

For a height comparison, I have a pair of 11" Engineering boots and the ZB Derby style boot to see where these fit in. I haven't worn Corcoran type boots in years and I forgot how much I missed the fit. The leather at the ankle is really soft and bends easily. Heel lock is excellent. Combine that with the inside calf leather, which is closer to a glove leather, and I had almost no break-in time to get these comfortable.

View attachment 1479116
Quick height comparison - ZB Derby vs ZB Parachute Military
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I generally don't post new shoes or boots, especially with exotic leathers, but these blew me away. Normally the elephant from ZB is a nubuck or suede in feel and appearance. In this case, they provided a black wax surface, which supports the paratrooper look and gives it an overall stealth look.

View attachment 1479121

Alexandra was good enough to provide a ZB photo while my boots where in transit. It's a much better picture than I could take with an iPhone. If you're on the fence with the boot height, all I can say is there are the most comfortable boots I've gotten from ZB.

View attachment 1479126

Cheers,

DaveB
Holy $h!+ :worship: ...those are absolutely absurd and absolutely gobsmacking awesome!

The elephant takes them to another level altogether. Very well done indeed!
 

acapaca

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What a beast of a boot! Thanks very much for sharing. Makes for great inspiration.
 

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Hopefully this isn't against the spirit of the thread. I tried my first pair on Zonkey's last week. Amazing shoe, but sadly they didn't fit. If anyone is interested in a black captoe oxford, worn once, 11 UK, let me know.

More info here. Thanks
 

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