Foreign Legion Shoe and Boot

Holiday 1982
Summer 1981

Introduced well before the Gap era, the Foreign Legion Shoe is billed as Mel Ziegler’s favorite shoe. The famous French Foreign Legion boot was made by Palladium and was called the Pampa, while the low-top version is an Oxford. Later on, the catalogue implies the shoe was replicated by Banana Republic (or made by Palladium for BR?) with some slight improvement of a lighter sole. Shoes and boots were made and these ran in the catalogue until Holiday 1987.

From the 1982 catalogue: “Made for the French Foreign Legion as footwear for hot, dusty, low-brush terrain, this shoe, we’ve discovered, serves an equally worthy purpose for those of us who pound a lot of pavement. The rubber waffle sole’s deep bite give you good support, yet packs enough spring to let you get up a good jaunty pace in the urban jungle. Our President Mel Ziegler will wear no other shoe for traveling in European cities (the sole evens out the shock of brick or cobblestone streets) or for thoughtful strolls down Telegraph Hill. The shoe has a stub-proof toe bumper, and the lightweight cotton duck upper is cut like a deck shoe. Has a small, waggles tongue, padded ankle collar and removable/washable hemp insole. This is a serious walker’s shoe.”

About The Author

Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

1 Comment

  • Ricardo Manuel Palau Acebes on September 1, 2022

    Saludos, soy coleccionista de etiquetas y publicidad de ropa y estoy realizando una temática sobre la legión extranjera francesa, me gustaría saber si podía conseguir alguna de ustedes, si es posible les podría enviar un sobre prefranqueado para evitarles gastos, muchas gracias y saludos

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