Published August 10, 2009
The Thin Tread Line
How to Survive the LA Jungle
As you traverse the harsh LA wilderness—from the savage agent meetings to the
primal Hollywood dance floor—you need suitably sturdy accoutrements.
So when things get really rugged (like, say, slogging through Hollywood Boulevard tourists), you require
some legendary footwear once employed by the French Foreign Legion.
Thankfully, Palladium Boots
have risen again—and you can find them at Conveyor inside Fred
Founded in 1920 to manufacture European airplane tires, Palladium changed course after WWII—applying
its tread science to more important matters, like your feet. (Or your grandfather's, but they were getting
there.) So a few decades later you can lace up in style for your next Big Bear excursion or an afternoon
climb to the top of Topanga Canyon.
Tucked into a corner of the Fred Segal maze of interconnected shops are several variations of the revamped
Pampa boots—high- and low-top, canvas and leather, army green and modern grey—so you can pull
them off in terrains both urban and rural. Almost all come in under 100 bucks, and they all have the
signature rubber toe-cap.
For LA's wild August monsoons.
at Conveyor at Fred Segal
Santa Monica, CA 90401