Generally speaking, I wouldn’t recommend wearing dress shoes in a casual environment and casual shoes in a formal environment. Paraboot’s Avignon, however, is an exception to that rule.
Produced in the French alps for more than a century, Paraboot has quickly become a cult favorite among denim heads and fashion junkies alike, bridging the gap between classic workwear and high fashion. Its Michael and Chambord silhouettes specifically have been seen on runways and featured in lookbooks the world over. And for good reason.
The Avignon is similar-ish to the Chambord model, however, with a few key differences. For one, the Avignon features a split-toe and apron-front pattern, creating a classic and refined look. Made in France, as you’d expect, the derby features a five-eyelet construction; a fully re-soleable and waterproof Norwegian welt; a vulcanized rubber sole; and leather lining and insoles.
One could argue that the ultimate Paraboot rotation would be a pair of Michael’s in black leather and a pair of Avignon’s in brown suede. Extremely versatile and easy to wear with everything, from denim to suits. They come in two beautiful shades of brown: whiskey and marron, both of which scream suave.