Palladium Shoes: From Making Tyres to Making Tracks

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The Palladium Company was founded in 1920 to make tyres for the fledgling aviation industry. Tyres were made by layering canvas bands underneath vulcanised rubber. Their expertise was so advanced that soon the majority of Europe’s aircraft were using Palladium tyres. The demand for tyres decreased dramatically after World War II, when the production of aircraft came to a sudden halt.

In 1947 Palladium decided to open a plant in Pont De Cheruy, France to start manufacturing footwear that was as hard wearing as their tyres. This was the year the legendary Pampa boot was created and the comfort, functionality and durability was so outstanding that the French Foreign Legion adopted it for their use. The Foreign Legion tested the boot throughout the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains and the harsh desert conditions of North Africa.

Whether you want to explore your city, your country or the world you can count on Palladium boots to stand up to the test. Their premium materials and cutting edge styling combined with over 60 years of experience in modern manufacturing techniques put them at the forefront of footwear production. The time tested classic lines and original design are as relevant today as they have ever been. Desert travellers, volcanologists, legionnaires and army suppliers have been attracted to the brand throughout its history. In 1950 the company began manufacturing the revolutionary Pallabrousse brand. This shoe became the shoe of choice for a number of French organisations, including the army and the scouts along with sportsmen and travellers.

The company was incorporated into a large corporate holding based in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1998. Palladium uses natural rubber instead of synthetic material. Rubber is put through extensive vulcanisation during manufacture – this is a chemical process for converting rubber into more durable materials with the addition of sulphur or other similar “curatives”, this process makes a much stronger product and makes sure that the canvass anchors securely. Since Palladium uses natural rubber instead of synthetic material the shoes tend to resist tearing and stand up under exceptional heat and temperature differentials. Palladium makes men’s shoes from a size 6.5 to size 13 and women’s shoes from size 5 to size 11.

Like many vintage military products these days Palladium boots are in fashion. The Palladium Shoes are reasonably priced for casual wearers and can be worn two ways. They can be worn with the leather upper extended fully or folded down for a slightly lower hi-rise boot.

Palladium boots become so comfortable you won’t want to take them off once you have worn them in (about a month). The latest relaunch comes in a myriad of updated colours (black, saddle brown, chinchilla and walnut) and all have a rubber toe cap and rugged outer sole. They look fabulous paired with a pair of structured jeans. Whether you’re a city lover, adventurer, hiker or nature lover you’ll love the comfort of Palladium boots which feels like a combination of your best loved sneaker and a boot and comes in premium leathers or stone washed canvass so do yourself a favour and try a pair.

write by John Rogers

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