For more than 70 years, Palladium have been making footprints in history as the trusted choice for explorers of all stripes. As athletes play faster, artists dream bigger, and brave citizens fight for justice and a freer world, they are on the side of those who want to challenge the status quo.
From the artist's studio to underground raves, from the battlefield to the frontiers of scientific discovery— ever since making their first pair of boots, Palladium has stayed at the heart of the action, serving bold individuals who dared to reshape our world.
PALLADIUM'S AVIATOR ORIGIN
Long before they were splashing through the mud at music festivals or marching over the desert, Palladium’s rubber soles were spinning down the hot tarmac. As a manufacturer of airplane tires starting in the 1920’s Palladium accompanied a generation of aviation pioneers who helped discover our world by conquering the skies.
LEGIO PATRIA NOSTRA
Left, right, left, right. It was after World War II, and soldiers from around the world were joining forces with the elite french foreign legion to test their courage through mud, sand, and brush. Their motto? "Legio patria nostra"—"The legion is our country". Their shoe? Palladium answered the call for a shoe that was as tough as its members, creating the Palladium Pallabrousse boot in 1947 and later the Pampa in 1949. They were comfortable, they were resistant, and they made history as part of the uniform for one of the world's most legendary forces.
SHOES FOR EXPLORERS
Palladium boots accompanied Haroun Tazieff on all of his missions to explore the bubbling, lava-filled core of volcanoes that represented the most dangerous and fascinating places in nature.
A FORTRESS BUILT ON QUICKSAND
Shoes for the freedom generation. Palladium boots made their debut on the streets as the beatnik spirit inspired thousands of French young people to pound the pavement, while the Pallatennis sneaker proved its speed on the feet of protesters outfoxing the police.
When Palladium arrived in America, our discreet and sober shoes were an indisputable hit among New York City's avant-garde. The black Pampa low-tops fit perfectly with the wardrobe of the city's adventurous gay community and became an iconic part of their uniform. As Madonna's star was rising, the pampa vogued in forbidden places. Our shoes exuded confidence with their powerful style, fostering affirmation and pride.
GRUNGE GIGS & RAVING AWAY
Punk rock, grunge, and electronic raves. In the 90s, counter-culture movements continued to drive the creative sphere and to push back against the codes of the mainstream. Palladium boots remained a natural choice thanks to their durability and resistance to the elements, for their ability to go from the mosh pit to the open road. But it was also their style that set them apart—their strong, military look had a special appeal for outsiders with the confidence to choose their own path.
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR GIGGING
After being known for our canvas boots for decades, the 90s saw many people turn to Palladium's leather models. These boots captured the spirit of the moment with a mix of low-key functionality and rock-and-roll cool.
CONCRETE JUNGLES & SECRET SPOTS
Today’s explorers have a new and ever-changing frontier: the concrete jungle whose noise and steam, abandoned corners and crowds never stop calling out to them. From a backyard cookout to a rave on an abandoned warehouse, the resistance, comfort, and adaptable look of our boots make them the ultimate gear for exploring the modern city.
PALLADIUM CHALLENGES PEOPLE TO DISCOVER THE WORLD AROUND THEM
We make adaptable gear for any terrain, acting as a vehicle for those who seek cultural experience and new ways to connect with their communities. We are as much for those who are always on the hunt for a cool new local spot as for those who take off to discover cities on the other side of the world.
TODAY, WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY