Great information exactly what I was looking for. I have a pair of Zefal and a pair of Campagnolo straps coming. I was aware that things could be different for the Paramount, wasn't aware of the variety of choice. Thank you very much for the help!
Juvela, you've helped immensely! The clips on this Paramount are Christophe/Zefal and are aluminum. I say Christophe/Zefal because they have the Zefal "Z" just below the strap guide and "Christophe" running down each side of the "loop", (for lack of a better word) and the word "special" just under that "Z". I haven't found much information on the aluminum toe clips, wondering about the vintage of them. I think the straps I have ordered will be appropriate enough for who its for, me.
I am uncertain how much riding you have done in the past with clips and straps. As well, I am uncertain whether you've done much riding recently with what you can buy now without mortgaging the house to buy the laminated version of them from Japan by Kashimax and MKS, which are in the $100 and up range.
Velo Orange sells a laminated toe strap version for about $25. I have not used them, but will probably go to those when my current strap collection starts to go bad. The problem with many of the current straps that are sold is they go limp after a month or two of riding, and won't stay formed up in a nice solid loop to let you easily insert your foot. It's not so bad on the MUP, but can be very irritating in stop and go city traffic, with red lights and stop signs.
Performance was contracting for and selling a pretty good double layer strap, of stitched layers of leather for about ten bucks. But those are gone now. along with most of the quality toe straps I used to buy, The current crop is pretty sad. If you want to ride with clips and straps, try to find something that is stiff enough to hold shape well on the pedal. It makes your life with them much more pleasant. Less exciting when you miss picking up a pedal in traffic.
There are some old Pake plastic straps that are very stiff, and last forever. But they're in very bright, space age colors and probably not what you have in mind for a bike of this age. Pay attention to your sizing on the clips. Too short a toe clip can cripple your feet if you log much mileage. Maybe you know this already, so good luck.
I started out on clips and straps in the 70s, tried clipless in the 90s. Bad knees meant it was hard for me to get out of the clipless pedals so back to clips and straps without cleats, much safer and painless for me, without cleats my feet are allowed to float a bit, just what I need. To the best of my knowledge the Christophe clips were pretty much the only clip ever offered by Schwinn on the higher end bikes in the 70s and came as standard on Paramount and are called out in the spec sheets. I would assume they were most common down through the line and are called out on many Schwinn spec sheets from the 70s. The aluminum ones I have are not called out but I believe and assume they are original to this bike, they had the same accumulation of grime as everything else on the bike. Might have been a dealer install or even after, they are in nice condition albeit lightly scratched etc., so there is that.