Lovers of beautiful fine quality products, we have remained loyal to the traditional hand-sewn techniques. This consists of stitching a leather band ( welt ), that attaches the upper shoe to the inner and outer sole.
Hand-sewn shoes have varying properties, depending on the technique used. In addition to their traditional look, this type of stitching has genuine advantages over "cemented sole" construction:
The upper is not "blocked", and the shoe fits the specific shape of your foot more comfortably.
Air can circulate more freely, which helps get rid of perspiration.
Depending on the technique used, it is often possible to resole these shoes, increasing their lifetime. And as long as the leather is good quality, buying hand-sewn shoes is an environmentally responsible form of consumption!
With features including stretch, welt, flesh side, upper, grain, and more, shoes are a far more technical product than they may appear.
Keen to find out more about specific shoe vocabulary? Consult our glossary!
Paraboot’s expert craftsmanship means it can comply with extremely stringent specifications. Our family-based business designs – and still produces – shoes for different professions with specific needs, from motorbike boots and ice skates to hiking boots and mountaineering boots, with our Galibier, Parachoc and Parasport brands.