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Everything You Need To Know About Paraboot

Paraboot’s shoes, stitched by hand using Norwegian and Goodyear construction techniques, convey elegance and sophistication. More than 100 years of experience and an undeniable design pedigree make this master cobbler an essential port of call.

In addition to being hand-cut and hand-stitched, Paraboot footwear is constructed using both the Norwegian stitch & Goodyear stitch construction methods. The tanning process uses the best leathers available to produce incredibly comfortable, durable & waterproof shoes. Paraboot owns several European factories, one of which also produces shoes for John Lobb & Hermes.

Is Paraboot a good brand?

Paraboot are masters of crafting footwear that encapsulates function and fashion. With a rich heritage from 1908 until today, the Parisian shoemaker has refined its craft to deliver premium footwear with a timeless appeal. Paraboot selects the finest raw materials before starting their construction process to ensure you are receiving a product that is comfortable, durable and designed to last. Paraboot is a trusted brand that delivers quality products that will be in your wardrobe for years to come. 

Where is Paraboot made?

Paraboot shoes are manufactured in France. For over 100 years, the French brand has been creating functional footwear in their French Alps workshops. The construction process undertaken within their authentic workshops is complex and takes around 150 steps to create a single pair of shoes.  

Who founded Paraboot?

As with many heritage brands, Paraboot came from humble beginnings. With dedication, hard work, and innovation, Paraboot has excelled in its field and is now known as an iconic French brand. Founder Remy-Alexis Richard was born in 1878 to a rural family that sold leathers to shoemakers. Fast forward to 1908, Remy started his own company designing and making shoes which he took to Paris to sell. After marrying Julliette Ponvert in 1910, he established the Richard Ponvert brand. In 1926 Remy visited North America and saw rubber-soled shoes for the first time.

The raw materials came from Amazonia and would be shipped from the port of Para in Brazil, which is how he came up with the name “Paraboot. The brand became registered and established in 1927 and is still run by the family in its third generation. Paraboot supplies the French navy with boat shoes and has seen the peak of Mount Everest, most notably on the feet of French explorer Emile Victor.

Does Paraboot run large?

Paraboot footwear runs slightly large, and we recommend opting for half a size smaller than your usual. This will ensure that you have enough room in the toes and that the shoes stay comfortable as they mould to the natural contours of your foot. The entire Paraboot collection is available in UK half sizes to ensure that you can find a perfect fit. 

Paraboot size chart 

Checkout the full Paraboot size chart below: 

 

UK

EU

US

5

39

6

5.5

39.5

6.5

6

40

7

6.5

40.5

7.5

7

41

8

7.5

41.5

8.5

8

42

9

8.5

42.5

9.5

9

43

10

9.5

43.5

10.5

10

44

11

10.5

44.5

11.5

11

45

12

11.5

45.5

12.5

12

46

13

12.5

46.5

13.5

 

 

Are Paraboots waterproof?

Certain collections from Paraboot are completely waterproof; others are water-resistant. It is best to check on the particular line you are purchasing if it is waterproof. You will find some footwear constructed with Norweigan welting in the range of Paraboots available at Stuart's. Norwegian welting is an assembly technique which consists of stitching the upper to the sole, using a welt, and leaving both seams visible. This construction technique ensures that the footwear is waterproof, durable and designed to last. 

Can Paraboot be resoled?

Yes, certain cobblers can resole and repair your Paraboot shoes for a fee. The complex and robust construction methods used to craft the shoes mean that this shouldn’t happen often. However, if you experience tears from your Paraboots, some cobblers offer a resoling service for them. 

Are Paraboot shoes comfortable?

Paraboot prides itself on crafting footwear that is comfortable and durable. The leather construction allows the shape of the shoes to mould to the natural contours of your feet over time, making them unique to you.  The rubber sole of the shoes was a conscious choice by the French brand to offer comfort and practicality for the wearer.  Combined with premium leather construction and a well-tested manufacturing process, Paraboots are designed to be comfortable and stay comfortable for years to come. 

How to clean Paraboot

For a detailed step-by-step process for cleaning your Paraboots, you can check out their official guidance on how to clean Paraboots, alternatively keep reading, as we will break down the steps quickly and easily: 

  1. Remove the laces and prepare your wax, polish and brushes. 

  2. To remove any dirt or build-up of mud, brush the areas with a scraper brush and wipe it slightly with a damp cloth. 

  3. Rub all the leather parts of the shoe with a cleansing cream or a leather renovator. Let this settle for a moment. 

  4. Use a small brush to clean the welt. You can apply colourless wax around the entire welt to preserve the welt threads. 

  5. Apply polish with a cloth and rub in circular motions. This will help the wax penetrate the pores of the leather. Apply this to the entire shoe upper and leave for an hour. 

  6. Brush the shoe with a soft brush to remove any excess polish and add shine.

  7. Add the laces back to the shoes. 

How to style Paraboot

The eclectic styling of Paraboot is what sets it apart from other brands. Filled with classically styled options, the Paraboot shoes at Stuarts selection includes something for all aesthetics. Here is how we would style all of the Paraboot collection: 

Paraboot loafers: Classic and suave; the selection of Paraboot loafers are ideal for those wanting to impress. If you’re purchasing a pair of loafers from Paraboot, you will want to channel your old-money styling with a white shirt and some relaxed-fitting trousers to give off an air of sophistication.  

Paraboot casual: There’s no doubt that Paraboot are masters of smart casual, and the range of Paraboot shoes for every day is no exception. The gentleman who wants people to know he has stylish taste can dress the selection of Paraboot casual footwear up or down depending on the occasion. The collection boasts chunky styles that work well with boxier silhouettes, and to achieve the off-duty look, check out the range of denim jeans available. 

Paraboot Boat Shoes: A staple of every modern gentleman’s wardrobe, the range of boat shoes from Paraboot includes chunky styles fit for a style guru. The boat shoes' grungy aesthetic is ideal for those who want to show off their taste for the finer things and can be paired with smarter looks. Dress them up with a sophisticated knit or a relaxed checked shirt and embody a style that bridges that gap between effortless and put together.

Paraboot Derby Shoes: Offering a sturdy and smart aesthetic, you can easily wear the range of Paraboot derby shoes available at Stuarts London with everyday looks. Whether you are searching for a pair of shoes that you can wear to work or want to create a more upmarket look with your casualwear – Paraboot derby shoes are the choice for you. 

Shop Paraboot at Stuarts London

Check out the full selection of Paraboot shoes at Stuarts London today, including well-constructed footwear designed to last. Blending stylish designs with high-quality materials, you will surely find footwear that you can bring out season after season within the collection.