Paraboot Chambord – A Timeless Classic
A timeless classic that have long since graced the shelves of 8 Vine Street, the Chambord is one of Paraboot’s most iconic silhouettes, and for good reason.
Paraboot emerged in 1927 from its ancestor label Chaussures Extra; a high-end shoe brand born in 1910 out of Izeaux, a little village in the French Alps. Ever since, the brand have been a frontier in the production of premium footwear to suit all needs, whether that be trekking a track along the base of Mont Blanc in a pair of Avoriaz mountain boots, or a pair of Pacific sandals, perfect for summer strolling.
The Chambord’s, handmade in Saint Jean de Moirans, France, are indeed a golf shoe by origin, featuring 45 degree stitching on the apron, a technique unique to the manufacturing of Paraboot shoes, as well as the brands infamous thick rubber soles; a feature . Paraboot adopted the use of rubber soles in 1926 when the brands founder, Remy Richard, visited the USA and had noticed American wearing rubber boots. Upon his return to the UK, Remy replaced his wooden and leather soles with vulcanised rubber, and was indeed the inventor of the notched soles found on most mountain boots, and indeed are the very soles you will find welted to the Chambord’s.
On the topic of welting; a process involving a thin layer of leather to which both the upper and outsole are sewn to ensure durability and waterproofing, the Chambord’s feature a Norwegian welt, typically found in work and mountain shoes. What’s more, this soling process allows for the Chambord’s to be resole able, meaning you can keep your favourite pair for a lifetime!
Now turning to the shoes upper, the Chambord’s are crafted from premium calfskin, a supple and resistant design feature that adds to the comfort and timelessness of these shoes. Find the Cafe, Black, and Nuit tans in store or online at Aphrodite Clothing.
Styling options are endless with the Chambord; pair with your trusty chinos and virgin wool over shirt for a more classically causal look, or Collab with cigarette cut high rise trousers and Cuban shirt for a truly sleek style, fit for any Parisian coffee shop.