The origins of the Richard-Pontvert go back to the beginning of the 20th century, in a small workshop in Izeaux in the Isere region of France. Remy Richard-Pontvert, who named the company, returns from a visit to the U.S.A. in 1926 with "overboots" - rubber covers that the Americans used to protect their shoes in rainy weather. This gave him the idea to commercialize a rubber-soled shoe using the latex being imported directly from the port of Para, in Brazil. He created his own formula for the composition of the rubber, thus the brand "Paraboot" was born.

Uniquely Paraboot is the only manufacturer in the world to make its own soles to be used on its own brand of shoes.

"The Paraboot" is one of the legendary products forever associated with France, alongside Vuarnet spectacles, Cartier rings, Le Rouge Baiser, Lacoste shirts, Michelin tyres, Chanel No.5 perfume, Louis Vuitton luggage.....

Since 1908, the shoemaking technique has not changed: Paraboot shoes are always made using either Goodyear or Norwegian welted construction (Storm welted). The Black construction mostly used for the spring-summer collections completes an attractive range of stitched shoes. One unique fact in the shoe industry: in its factory in Tullins / Fures, Paraboot makes its own rubber soles. A strength and a unique feature for Richard-Pontvert.

The rubber soles owe their suppleness and longevity to the latex taken from the Hevea rubber tree. Its sap, hot moulded following a secret, exclusive procedure, gives birth to the rubber soles.

The legendary strength and durability of the Paraboot collection is attributed to the quality of materials. Each model is always cut from the finest piece of calf leather, tanned in the traditional manner.

Savoir-faire Paraboot... there are still more than 150 manual operations to make one pair of shoes.

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