Every time I see a pair of Paraboots, I’m reminded that I don’t own any Paraboots and also that I want Paraboots*. I’m not saying it’s passive-aggressive to wear them around me, but it kind of is? I’ve had chances to buy them, I guess, I’ve just foolishly passed and now it seems like we’ve gone too far. And in regards to this pair of Chimey Lis, I’m emotionally living like eight months in the future and am experiencing familiar feelings of regret for passing, yet again.
(*Pretty much any model, really, and either in the wild or online, it doesn’t really matter. They’re almost all good, and the ones that aren’t are better than bad ones elsewhere, and no, I won’t say which ones I think are bad. That’s mean and also leaves me accountable to a footwear opinion in a rapidly shifting landscape and I don’t feel like crawling out on that limb today. Catch me on a more reckless day and I might, but choosing chaos this early into April sounds exhausting.)
Made in France with a leather upper and the same Norwegian-welted construction Paraboot has been employing in the French Alps for over 100 years, these watertight boat shoe-adjacent stunners feature a fully leather-lined interior, leather insoles, metal eyelets, flat leather laces, a split toe, and the classic vulcanized rubber sole and piped seams. In other words, there’s nothing wrong with them, and quite a bit that’s right.