During the 1920s, Palladium began making tires for the aviation industry in Lyon, France. They made tires that consisted of layering bands of canvas under vulcanized rubber. In 1947, after the end of WWII, the demand for tires diminished. Palladium put their canvas and rubber expertise to use by making boots that were as hard wearing as their tires. Palladium soon became outfitters of the legendary French Foreign Legion with their classic canvas Pampa boot with the signature rugged rubber outsole.