Friday, 16 September 2011

Das Boot? No French actually

OK so with a twist on just general blogs, I have decided to pick items of the week, that are a must for the coming season and weekend, but trust me to start with something that is a real conundrum, the Paraboot.

French flair, design, history and a certain ‘Oh so very special’, said in an Uncle Monty voice for Withnail and I fans out there, but with some German influence?

Yes the new a rearely seen boot, well done guys form tracking these down, sees the gaelic company which marked its centenary three years ago utilizes a practicality and a similarity to the German Army’s paratrooper boot sole as to be uncanny.

Of course the link is purely esthetic, but it adds an extra sense of strength and performance that this range of footwear ouses from every pore.

You can practically hear the Fjords as you look at them and its not much of a surprise when you find out that Norwegian approaches to creating the perfect boot have been utilized along with the durability of Goodyear for the hardwearing that name conjures and instills.

Starting with the superb rubber ‘combat’ sole the range kicks off with the Yosemite boots a classic mountaineering style ankle boot, with cross stitching in a full leather upper.

The boot is a simple statement of style and content.

And coming in black with red laces is a boot not only ready for winter, but waiting for the chance to take it head on. I like the variation that the Yosemite boots, which also come in red, which had a leather/suede upper, both sport a large Paraboot logo in gold on the outer ankle.

The Avoriaz boot in maroon, is a similar style, but really is the daddy of the range, sporting metal eyelets this leather upper/rubber sole combination is as professional a boot of this kind that you will probably ever need and as with the other boots, will look excellent with wider heavy denim jeans, lumber jack style shirts or dare I suggest something from Mikkel Rude?

Check patterns ahoy here, workman attire, Carharrt, Heritage Research (try the Ranger hunting) shirt, Penfield or Victorinox.

Paraboot are the top end, so no point hiding about it, top end gear must go with these little wonders.

The shoes, well what to say, they stand out purely because they are different from anything else around, focusing on the same strength of build and design, they offer subtle two lace eyelets in the Michael shoe, in Marche Marron tan.

The leather upper, cushioned inner looks comfortable, but just wait until you try them on.

It is rare to be able to say that this shoe is a classic, but, well it is.

The thick sole hides a delicate shoe that comes in marron café or black, while in the Chamboard a four lace eyelet, enabled only due to the higher quarter of the shoe, avoids the rugged sole for a flatter finish, but with more stitch detailing.

Paraboot is all in the detail, now its your choice which detail you are in my son, quick march, because these rare beasts won’t be around for long.