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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

Being focused on the European quality, in the last 15 years "Pataugas" makes its footwear on shoe factories, located in Portugal and Italy, while the preference for natural materials (cotton, rubber, and leather, tanned without chromium is often used for shoe uppers instead of canvas) was determined by the need to comply with the environmental protection requirements.

Returning back to history, let's mention that the company's business was going well until 1960s. The end of the colonial wars, the reduction of the military orders and increased market competition have led the former successful company to deep crisis. On February 25, 1965 the company "Pataugas" was closed. Its founder, Renè Elissabid, died two years later in the same day exactly, on February 25, in his age of 68.

Then the company was successively owned by a businessman from Ales (d'Alès), Louis Clement Saltel (Louis-Clèment Saltel), from 1979 - by the company "Jallatte", then from 1981 - by "Andrè" group ... The next owner, trade company "Harika" from the Valley of the Marne (d'une societè de nègoce du Val-de-Marne, "Harika"), it took 10 years to resume the production, however, this new attempt ultimately ended by the company's bankruptcy in 1994.

After all "Pataugas" failed to regain its full operations. Moreover, in the recent years, its main competitor, "Palladium" company, which was created in 1947 in the region of Isère (l'Isère), has fully seized the initiative. Having adapted its original product ("Pallabrousse") for production in low version (this kind of boot is called "Pampa" ("le Pampa")), and in different color variations, "Palladium" began to sell them not in the traditional "Hunting and Fishing" shops, but....in the fashion boutiques! The result was very fast: the number of pairs grew up from 3 000 pairs sold in 1987 to 1.2 million pairs in 1994, while three-quarters of the production was exported.

The mass-media have informed that the "Palladium" not only commenced a suit against "Pataugas" for copyright infringement and counterfeiting (!) its "original" products, but even won a lawsuit, so "Pataugas" got condemned by a court!

Whatever it was, canvas boots with rubber soles, invented and produced by Rene Elissabid, have come into the history as the "Pataugas"! And many new customers who want to buy "Palladium" boots, are, in fact, looking for the boots, called "Pataugas" ...

The canvas "Palladium" boots, as it was mentioned before in the review, have been developed by the French company of the same name, which was founded in 1920 as tire manufacturer. The tires, made of layers of canvas and vulcanized rubber) were needed both to automobiles and new aviation industry. The product's quality was so high that soon the majority of aircraft in Europe used the "Palladium" - made tires.

After World War II the aircraft entered the era of recession and demand for tires dropped sharply. So "Palladium" decided to open a factory in Pont De Cheruy, France, and begin production of boots, which would be as strong as the aircraft tires. In 1947, they entered the footwear market with their canvas "Pampa" boots (really famous now!), whose functionality, comfort of wear and durability were so good that the French Foreign Legion began to use these boots widely. The most severe trials have been carried out in harsh desert conditions of North Africa and on the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains.

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