Where Are Palladium Boots Made & Manufactured?

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Originally, Palladium shoes were manufactured in Lyon, France. After WW2, Palladium changed from manufacturing airplane tires to canvas and rubber boots. Modern-day Palladium is owned by the American company K-Swiss and manufactured off-shore in China and Vietnam.

Where They Are Actually Manufactured

According to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, 98% of shoes are manufactured abroad (outside the U.S.), and nearly 75% of those imported goods are coming from China. Due to footwear manufacturing being almost entirely overseas, you will be hard-pressed to find even American shoe companies with complete production in the U.S.

K-Swiss does not own their own factories. K-Swiss manufactures their shoes through contracted factories in Asia. This is typical, since the current trend in the footwear industry is to hire out production to contracted factories in Asia. In fact, many Asian factories produce different brands of shoes for multiple customers.

Human Rights Concerns

Ever since Nike published a report on its south-east Asian factories in 2005, footwear companies have been very conscious of human rights concerns for factory laborers. K-Swiss and other footwear labels have implemented standards for their contracted factories. According to Palladium’s website, K-Swiss has asked all of their contracted factories to implement the SA8000 Standard. The standard bans child labor, mistreatment of workers, illegal overtime, and overtime for which workers are not paid higher wages.

Improving working conditions for workers in south-east Asia is an ongoing issue, however you can be reassured that K-Swiss has taken a first step with the SA8000 standard in manufacturing the Palladium brand.

2 thoughts on “Where Are Palladium Boots Made & Manufactured?”

  1. Just want to say your article is as amazing.
    The clarity in your post is just nice and that i can assume you’re a
    professional in this subject. Fine together with your permission let
    me to seize your RSS feed to keep updated with imminent post.
    Thank you a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  2. Alexius Boshoff


    Has palladium boots ever considered collaborating with Condura fabrics-
    to make a great boot.
    I have been wearing palladium for years now great shoes.
    I just thought it will be a great idea.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Special offer for our visitors

Get your Palladium Boots Free Guide

We will never send you spam. By signing up for this you agree with our privacy policy and to receive regular updates via email in regards to industry news and promotions