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The French Foreign Legion Advances Into Fashion

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The result? A fresh take on old combat boots.

Since its formation in 1831, the French Foreign Legion has had boots on the ground in five continents, on terrain ranging from sun-baked deserts, to snowy wastelands, to festering jungle swamps, to densely crowded metropolises.

This month, the military force famously made up of recruits from across the globe enters uncharted territory — the fashion world — with its first ever product collaboration: a men’s boot inspired by footwear worn in combat zones by the force’s legionnaires (who, with the exception of one Englishwoman, have all been men).

The Pallabrousse, which had a light, fast-drying cotton canvas body, was adopted by the legion as a combat boot and worn by soldiers deployed to conflicts in Asia and Africa. Palladium stopped making the military-grade boot more than 20 years ago, but later added an adapted version, the Pallabrousse Legion, to its collection. This March, when Palladium noted its history of outfitting soldiers while promoting its 75th anniversary in the footwear business, some lieutenants in the legion took notice and reached out to the brand with the idea for a collaboration.

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