Arpenteur and Paraboot are two French brands that have a history of collaborating. Paraboot’s shoes are the sort of numbers you’d see on the feet of a sophisticated Parisian type, legs crossed, foot dangling lightly in the air. There’s a coffee or wine – maybe both – and a cigarette, burning slowly under the heat of an outdoor heater. It’s wet outside, but the Paraboot-wearer is unperturbed. The shoes are rugged enough to withstand the elements, treading finely on the line of smart-yet-prepared.
Let the scene grow in your mind: the trees are turning golden and there’s a crisp bite in the air. The Paraboot-wearer adjusts his collar – an Arpenteur jacket in a slick silver with a neck fasten that slides subtly to the side, conjuring the layered sophistication of a cravat with modern approach.
Finally, you realise that said shoes weren’t just Paraboot. They were Paraboot for Arpenteur: Arpenteur says “we want a chukka boot”, and Paraboot obliges.
The styles are shot below, quite fittingly, with crossed legs, a coffee and a copy of Monocle magazine. Personally, it’d be a lot better with Proper Mag 37, but let’s not split hairs.