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Avignon Cordovan : Black
Rémy Richard, co-founder with its wife of the French shoe factory Richard-Pontvert, registered the Paraboot name in 1927. This name comes from "Para" – a port in Amazonia, where the latex was exported from, and "boot" – an interesting new shoe he had discovered in the United States. Julien, Rémy Richard's son, enters the company in 1937. More passionate about nature, hunting and angling, he did not care a lot for society life in the City. He refocused production on impressive thick leather soles. Using Goodyear or "Norwegian” construction, these were aimed at people working in a standing position: farmers, horse dealers, lumberjacks, shepherds, factory and postal workers, and craftsmen who needed to be able to rely on sturdy but comfortable shoes.
Paraboot became in the 70’s a reference for technical shoes. Haroun Tazieff wore Paraboot shoes to examine volcanoes and Jean-Louis Turcat, the iconic Concorde and Airbus pilot, was the inspiration for a model that is still worn by Mirage pilots.
We are very pleased to offer you here a very exclusive version of the classic Chambord made with Cordovan leather from Horween.
- 100% cordovan from Horween
- Avignon model
- Norwegian welted
- Rubber sole
- Fits true to size. We recommend to take your normal size.
- Made in Saint-Jean-de-Moirans, France
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Estimated delivery times between 2 and 5 days in France and between 4 and 10 days worldwide, depending on the preferred delivery method.
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In the late 19th century, Rémy Richard, a semi-skilled cutter from Izeaux (France), founded Richard-Pontvert with his wife Juliette Pontvert. After repairing army shoes during WWI, he noticed the potential of rubber, eventually developing rubber soles and vulcanization techniques.
Rémy Richard registered the name Paraboot in 1927, a combination of "Para", a port in Amazonia from where rubber was exported, and "boot", the curious latex shoe he had discovered in the United States.
When shoes with glued soles, cheaper, became popular after WWII, Paraboot stuck to soles that were always sewn "Goodyear" or "Norwegian" in robust leather for workers. At the same time, the brand created a number of "lighter" models for architects, surveyors and veterinary surgeons. The "Morzine" model was born. In 1945 came the legendary "Michael".
Special designs were developed for parachuting, exploring volcanoes, and even Mirage pilots. The company also produced technical shoes for motorbiking, horse riding, and skiing, and even opened an ice skate factory in 1972.