Palladium X Mister Freedom
18 Apr. 2011
PALLADIUM X MISTER FREEDOM
Footwear brand Palladium launches a limited edition designed by Mister Freedom. Since 2003, the Mister Freedom® brick building at Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles has been filled with a huge inventory of vintage clothing, footwear, accessories, textiles and books from around the world, spanning from the 1800s to the 1960s. The exclusive model PALLADENIM is inspired by the „chaussure de brousse“ (a jungle boot), that was worn in the 1950s by the French military.
Using the traditional Palladium last, sole and panel pattern, the footwear upper is vintage 12oz. raw selvedge indigo denim, loomed in the USA and sourced directly from Mister Freedom's extensive archive of vintage 'New Old Stock' textiles. The lining is 100% vintage cotton stripe twill, also from Mister Freedom's archives. Other features of this unique boot include hand-stamped markings on the inside lining using military style ink and original printed sock liner artwork by Mister Freedom. The boot also features an original custom-made ankle rubber logo and is complimented with olive drab piping. The boots are available from now on in a limited number at selected retailers worldwide and online for €130 a pair.
Palladium was founded in 1920 to make aircraft tires for the aviation industry. In 1947, after the end of WWII saw demand for tires dry up, Palladium put their canvas and rubber expertise to use by making boots that were as hard wearing as their tires. Palladium soon became outfitters of the legendary French Foreign Legion with their classic canvas Pampa boot. Over 60 years later the timeless design of Palladium’s signature Pampa boot is as relevant as ever and available once again for explorers worldwide.
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