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Canada Goose Camo Parka

Cold Weather Essentials

It’s brass, the possibility of snow is inevitable and you can’t keep wearing all your clothes at once to try and stay warm. Desperate times call for desperate measures and what you need is some reliable, durable and protective gear to see you through mother natures worst. Robust denim, a Thick jacket, cosy beanie, tough boots and of course the all-important colourful socks. Behold, the answer to all your winter woes.

Winter Clothing

Unless you plan on hibernating until spring has sprung then the threat of snow looming on the horizon may have you shaking in your suede shoes. When it comes to cold, wet, generally unpleasant weather the truth is you just can’t go wrong with a premium pair of leather boots. We chose the Avoriaz Jannu from Paraboot. Handmade in France for the toughest terrain the boots feature a padded collar and tongue for exceptional comfort as well as a double-stitched Norwegian welt commando sole for grip, support and sturdiness. Top it all off with some heavy duty striped laces and a rich waxy brown colour for a touch of mature styling and watch your icey fears melt away. But, of course what is a good pair of boots without a really nice set of socks to go with them? Luckily for us our cold weather fellow northerners across the pond, Norse Projects have just supplied us a fresh batch of their twisted cotton yarn socks in yellow, purple and, the colour we decided to opt for, red. Very nice indeed.

Paraboot Avoriaz Jannu Boots

Next on the list is a jacket. What jacket? The jokers among you may ask and for that, we’d give you a solid exhale from the nostrils and a firm shake of the head. But we aren’t here to joke around not when it comes to waiting for the bus in below freezing. We’re looking for water and wind resistance, a warm lining and plenty of embedded functionality, let us introduce you to the Wyndham parka from Canada Goose. With the brands signature down filling, a removable fur ruff lined hood, rib knit cuffs and a total of 6 pockets including, fleece lined hand warmers, the jacket is designed with extreme conditions and the coldest climates in mind. Finished with a two-way heavy duty zip with additional press stud flap and the Canada Goose patch to the arm this coat makes all the right moves when it comes to keeping you nice and toasty on your urban escapades.  Nipping out on a teabag run at work? No worries. Football match? See you there. The beach in -6°C? Lets do it.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka

For those of us who have ever got caught in the rain in a pair of sweatpants we know it’s less than ideal. Couple this with the harsh frost ladened winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty abysmal time by all accounts. Well, try not to beat yourself up too much because, as we all know, after the rain comes a rainbow, in this case, a rainbow pair of selvage denim from Edwin. Cut from a 12.8oz denim with a mid-rise and relaxed, tapered fit, the jeans are robust enough to last you a lifetime without sacrificing on comfort. Made in the Kuroki Mill in Japan the denim is complete with signature Edwin branding to the back and some delightful stitch detailing.

Edwin Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans

Did you know the majority of your heat escapes through your head? Well, that’s what everyone reckons anyway. Regardless throwing on a beanie at this time of year is never not a good idea. To finish our look off we decided to go for some subtle matching, pairing an olive Canada Goose beanie with the tones found throughout the camo patterning. Made from a thick 100% wool for both a quality fit and insulating properties, it boasts the unmistakable Canada Goose seal of approval to the front ensuring everyone you pass on the streets knows you mean business.

Canada Goose BeanieSo there we have it some of our top picks to see you through to the summer. You can find all of the products shown above online and in store right now as well as a wide offering of other boots, coats, legwear and accessories.

Paraboot Shoes Arrive at Aphrodite – Online and In-Store Now

For over 100 years, Paraboot have been manufacturing durable, stylish rubber soled footwear in France, and we’re happy to welcome them to our lineup of brands for Autumn/Winter 2017. Just in time for the inclement weather, Paraboot shoes and boots are built to withstand any and all conditions, with full-grain leather uppers, thick traction rubber outsoles and exceptionally durable, double-stitched Norwegian welting to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Pararboot

Our initial offering comprises two all-time classic styles: the Michael Shoe and the Avioraz Mountain Boot. The Michael shoe boasts a chunky profile with a mocassin-style upper on a commando sole unit, and is easily dressed up or down depending on what you want to wear with it; team with a substantial wool suit trouser for a smart look, or with cropped or rolled corduroy pants for a more casual vibe.

Paraboots

The Avioraz boot is a classic mountaineering boot in waxy leather with a heavy-ridged tread, striped rope laces and metal lace hardware, while still boasting a slim, well-proportioned last that balances style and functionality perfectly. Team them with heavy jeans or substantial wool trousers and your favourite knitwear to get yourself ready for winter.

Both styles of Patarboots are available online and in-store now at Aphrodite Clothing.

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Paraboot Brand Guide

For anyone interested in quality, well-constructed footwear, the Made in England and Made in Italy labels have become synonymous with the best of the best, denoting companies that have decades, if not centuries of experience and know-how at their disposal. But in between these two countries, one company has quietly crafted a niche for itself as a maker of superb outdoor shoes with a timeless, rugged appeal: the Paraboot brand.

The History of the Paraboot Brand

The Paraboot brand was originally founded in 1908 in Izeaux, a small village at the foot of the French Alps which was known for its leatherworking, by Remy Richard, an ambitious son of a farming family. Richard had begun working as a factory agent, selling his designs to clients in Paris and having them made in a shoe factory in Iseaux, creating the ‘Chausseures Extra’ brand of high-end, leather-soled shoes, which proved a major success. In his travels across the world to show off his product at trade shows — again, to great acclaim — Richard made it to the United States, where he was intrigued by the rubber-soled boots worn by the Americans, and saw great potential in latex as a new material for his own shoes. After acquiring vulcanisation patents from Charles Goodyear Jr, as well as stitching techniques from his father, Richard began developing a process of attaching these rubber soles that were both watertight and sturdy enough to withstand extended use. In 1927 he debuted boots using this technique under the name Paraboot — from ‘Para’, a port in Amazonia where the latex was exported from — and cemented the direction of his brand to this day.

In 1937, Remy’s son Julien joined the company, taking the helm from his father. Unlike Remy, Julien cared little for the city, preferring outdoor pursuits like angling, hunting and horse riding, and decided that this was the audience the company should be targeting, as there was a gap in the market for outdoor shoes and boots with the level of quality and craftsmanship that the Paraboot brand could offer. This was a risky proposition at the time, with the Occupation looming and most companies opting for cost-saving materials and techniques. But Julien stuck to his guns, which paid off with his clientele of farmers, factory workers and builders, who appreciated such robust yet comfortable boots. Alongside these heavy-duty models, Paraboot also debuted less technical models for architects, doctors and surveyors, including the Morzine, the precursor to the legendary Paraboot Michael shoe, which remains the brand’s iconic model to this day.

Thanks to their dedication to quality, tradition and craftsmanship, the original factory in France has survived where many others have since folded, and it is here that the Paraboot brand still craft their shoes to this day, to the same exacting specifications as all those years ago.

Paraboot Styles

In keeping with the brand’s DNA, Paraboot shoes are still durable enough for the outdoors, yet timelessly stylish enough to be worn in the city. Whether opting for a full outdoor-heritage aesthetic, or paired with more directional styles, the Paraboot brand makes a distinctive alternative to more mainstream shoe brands.

The Paraboot Michael shoe boasts a chunky profile with a mocassin-style upper on a commando sole unit, and is easily dressed up or down depending on what you want to wear with it; team with a substantial wool suit trouser for a smart look, or with cropped or rolled corduroy pants for a more casual vibe. The rubber sole and cork-filled footbed ensure that the shoes mould to the wearer’s feet, becoming more and more comfortable over time.

The Avioraz boot is a classic mountaineering boot in waxy leather with a heavy-ridged tread, striped rope laces and metal lace hardware, while still boasting a slim, well-proportioned last that balances style and functionality perfectly. Team them with heavy jeans or substantial wool trousers and your favourite knitwear to get yourself ready for winter.

Discover our range of Paraboot shoes in-store and online at Aphrodite Clothing today.