France’s Palladium boots may be best known, now, for their ‘urban explorer’ aesthetic, but their roots date back to the 1920s, when the company was still producing aircraft tires. Their technological advances made them the preeminent tire supplier in Europe. It wasn’t until after World War II that Palladium switched gears to focus on footwear.
Manufacturing such an integral part of an aircraft is definitely a fast track to unequivocal mastery of rubber, and Palladium’s boots proved to be as much of a success as their tires, and for the same reasons: the reliable durability of the product. When boots are taken on by the likes of the French Foreign Legion and scientists on actual voyages of discovery in harsh climates, it isn’t a favor, it's because they work.
Given Palladium’s extensive martial background, their camouflage-based collaboration with SSUR is only natural. In fashion, the use of camouflage re-appropriates and subverts its original purpose. To be seen in camouflage outside the environment that the wearer is meant to be concealed in, is to stand out, and boldly.
SSUR takes this to its logical conclusion on the Baggy, canvas boot. Numerous, disparate patterns, from the woodland, jungle tiger stripe, desert chocolate chip, and night vision disruptive families are deployed across the boot to stunning effect. Palladium and SSUR have captured the essence of what it means to wear camouflage as a fashion statement.