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post #46 of 65
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I don't know why everybody is obsessed by boots on the forulm but i don't like boots. They look like shoes for disabilited, like the medical shoes you see in FOREST GUMP . Do you run faster with them?
Run Ernest. Run.
post #47 of 65
Nice Corthays.  That's the housestyle 2-eyelet, with the knot on the first eyelet instead of the second. Here's pictures of my custom Aubercy.   I found that for all the three French makers, they really go all the way to make an elegant goodyear --- but only on their custom shoes, not RTW shoes.  Compare the sole edge of the Corthay and Aubercy: on the Aubercy, the sole edge literally disappear when looking at the shoes from above. Berluti too, could make such an elegant welt.  I saw them on custom Corthay, though not as beautifully done as on the Berluti.  However, the Corthay housestyle and chiselled toe is something to die for.  Sorry I was being the weirdo of the crowd here and picked Aubercy, but someone had to. To be honest, it's currently the most elegant pair of shoes I own, way past Lobb (Paris) or even other custom shoes.
post #48 of 65
More pics... The Aubercy has a milder chiselled toe. The elegant waist --- beats Lobb any day.
post #49 of 65
But can you wear them with a suit? They are derbies. (Just channelling the rules here, as Darth Savile.)
post #50 of 65
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Even though the pictures are too dark, they're wonderful beautiful shoes.  I especially love the Corthay.  See if you can post better pictures for us to drool over the custom patina.  Do you mind telling us how much you paid for them?  Did you get anything at Aubercy and Albaladejo?
Corthay ready to wear (RTW) begins at 780 Euros (shoes trees, extra laces, cream, and polish included).  The RTW shoes are Goodyear welted, made in a factory just outside of Paris.  I estimate they have about 15 RTW models.  The people at the 1 rue Volnay workshop have in stock many pairs of these RTW shoes that have no finish yet applied to the skins.  You may choose the finish you would like based on the display models there, or a design of your own. Grand measure begins somewhere in the neighborhood of 2800 Euros, escalating to 6500 for riding boots.  The first pair costs a bit more because they need to create a last for your foot. Grand measure also requires repeat visits. I am sorry for the poor quality of the photos.  If I have time I will attempt again and post an update. I did visit Aubercy and Albaladejo.  Aubercy's designs did not appeal to me so much once I had seen Corthay's.  Also, Aubercy's prices seemed far too high for a Blake-stitched RTW shoe with leather that has a reputation for creasing rather early and badly. Albaladejo had a less interesting selection than either Corthay or Aubercy, but the prices were better.  I did see a few examples of cordovan shoes (using Horween cordovan), but I do not feel Albaladejo has done anything much more interesting with the material than Alden has.  Might as well buy Alden. What impressed me most about Corthay was their patience and their kindness, their care in fitting me, and the experience of seeing the people make the shoes.  I made three visits during my time in Paris and was able to observe different processes each time: applying the color, skiving, cutting the leather, etc.  They use some fairly antique equipment in there.  I did not want to interrupt their work with all of my questions.  I was this close to giving up my job in the States and taking up an apprenticeship with them.  However, I think they would prefer me to remain a customer. I left the shop with my new shoes in my daypack.  It was raining.  I rushed to a café around the corner and had an espresso.  I could not help but feel the difference in this experience of purchasing shoes and experiences I usually have.  This experience felt like I learned something, not only about shoes, but about craftsmen.  It was also very nice to NOT have to deal with a salesperson.  Dealing directly with the craftsmen was a pure pleasure.  I would recommend a visit.
post #51 of 65
I am very happy for you, John. nice shoes
post #52 of 65
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I am very happy for you, John. nice shoes
Thanks, man. How are your Vass breaking in? I wore mine throughout my time in France. I think after 2 weeks they are about perfect. John
post #53 of 65
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 It was also very nice to NOT have to deal with a salesperson.  Dealing directly with the craftsmen was a pure pleasure.  I would recommend a visit.
Word. I heard that.
post #54 of 65
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Corthay ready to wear (RTW) begins at 780 Euros (shoes trees, extra laces, cream, and polish included).  
Minus the detax, I assume. 12-15% off?
post #55 of 65
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Corthay does the first part of the paperwork at the shop, but I had to ask them to do it. I assume most of their customers live in the EU and they don't generally do detax forms. I can't remember what their rate was.
post #56 of 65
I had brought my son to the Corthay workshop, and the shoemakers played with him and let him handle their various hammers and brushes. He was in heaven, sitting in front of their low bench. Parting was difficult.
post #57 of 65
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(globetrotter @ June 14 2005,08:32) I am very happy for you, John. nice shoes
Thanks, man.  How are your Vass breaking in?  I wore mine throughout my time in France.  I think after 2 weeks they are about perfect. John
mine felt great after about 2 days - it was strange as I hadn't worn boots for years, but they are so comfortable I have to push myself to work my old shoes into the rotation. take care and enjoy.
post #58 of 65
The Corthay and Aubercy shoes are so beautiful, I can't bear hitting them on concrete pavements. I'd probably collect them as object d'art.
post #59 of 65
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The Corthay and Aubercy shoes are so beautiful, I can't bear hitting them on concrete pavements.  I'd probably collect them as object d'art.
My thoughts exactly. The MTM shoes in their display case looked like emeralds, rubies, saphires...
post #60 of 65
Bah. Think of them as Baccarat Crystal you can wear on your feet. Anyway, a good pair of shoes should get better with age and use. I suppose that's a decent rule of thumb for a quality shoe. A Kenneth Cole will look like shit after 6 months (or weeks). My Paraboots look good after three years.
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