If you have the chance to visit our factories in Izeaux or Tullins-Fures, both located in the Isère département at the foot of the Alps, you’ll see our cutters, seamstresses and craftsmen’s engrossed in their work – which requires knowhow and concentration. With quick, precise, confident movements, they choose the best part in the skin, cut them and assemble them.
Paraboot shoes are still made in France today. No fewer than 150 manual operations are required to produce them. That’s just as many as in 1908, when the company had just a handful of employees!
During the course of its history, the family company has chosen to maintain the more complicated construction methods, such as "Norwegian construction" and "Goodyear construction", passing on the values that have made the company’s reputation – comfort, impeccable finish and timeless appeal.
Paraboot still manufactures most of its soles from rubber, and has done so since 1927, when Rémy Richard first began to use natural rubber to make soles. This is an exception in the world of shoes.
Although the name "Paraboot" sounds English due to its history (a combination of "Para", a port in Amazonia where latex was exported from and "boot", the interesting new shoe discovered by Rémy Richard in the United States) it is French through and through.
For over a century, we've been fighting to preserve our artisanal production plant and protect our knowhow.
The legendary flexibility and resistance of Paraboot rubber soles comes from the fact that they are made from natural latex using an exclusive vulcanisation process, the formula for which is top secret! This blend was made on site in the Tullins-Fures factory until the early 1960s. Today the sheets arrive ready for use. Paraboot is however one of the last remaining shoe manufacturers to use it.