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post #181 of 223

Corthay runs small...

 

I wear a 12.5 in Corthay...normally a US12 / UK11.5

post #182 of 223
Maiden voyage. Gentelmen I present to you Cothay of Arabia smile.gif




post #183 of 223

I'm surprised given the price of Corthay RTW that the waist is so fat...

post #184 of 223
My only other shoe to compare against is Mecarillo test shoes, and based on that I agree with you about the waist. Compare to my older shoes (before I found this forum) it is similar. With corthay I think if you like the aesthetic then that is why uh premium for satisfied.gif
post #185 of 223

The waist and sole treatment of Meccariello Aurum is much finer than Corthay RTW...I cannot speak for Corthay bespoke...but maybe someday I will bespeak.

 

As far as aesthetics go...Corthay does have some very appealing models, but I think Meccariello & Bestetti both can rival this...and are much better quality and value...

 

and don't even get me started on Berluti :/

post #186 of 223
Corthay bespoke is at a much higher league than Bestetti or Meccariello; he trained at JLP bespoke, ran Berluti bespoke shop, earned his Maître d'Art...
post #187 of 223
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Corthay bespoke is at a much higher league than Bestetti or Meccariello; he trained at JLP bespoke, ran Berluti bespoke shop, earned his Maître d'Art...

Just out of curiosity, is this assessment based on your personal experience comparing all three makers' bespoke level shoes?

Thanks
post #188 of 223
Probably true about corthay bespoke. But considering I have normal shaped feet and I am not nearly creative enough with a unigue design I don't think I can justify 5k pair of shoes. Now if I win the lottery smile.gif
Meccariello MTO and RTW are good for me
post #189 of 223
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Just out of curiosity, is this assessment based on your personal experience comparing all three makers' bespoke level shoes?

Thanks

No personal experiences. Neither am I qualified to question Les Maître d'Art to name Pierre Corthay as one of the two living national treasure artisan shoemakers of France.

Bestetti and Maccariello both make very nice shoes, but are they considered living national treasure amongst the sea of Italian shoemakers?
post #190 of 223
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Originally Posted by cgo View Post

Just out of curiosity, is this assessment based on your personal experience comparing all three makers' bespoke level shoes?

Thanks

No personal experiences. Neither am I qualified to question Les Maître d'Art to name Pierre Corthay as one of the two living national treasure artisan shoemakers of France.

Bestetti and Maccariello both make very nice shoes, but are they considered living national treasure amongst the sea of Italian shoemakers?

I have spent a lot of time with this living national treasure and he is a down to earth dude who is extremely serious about his work.

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Which does not mean he is averse to the occasional selfie with a blue Arca:

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He is making a pair of Arcas for me right now. Will post once it arrives in a few weeks.
post #191 of 223

That's awesome.  Arca in what material? 

 

Does Pierre still make shoes himself or its mostly his brother or Antonie nowadays?

post #192 of 223
No frill may I ask what was your reason for getting bespoke Arca? It is standard model of corthay, so is it a fitting issue?
Amd if you done mind me asking what is the cost? And how many visits are required?
Thanks
post #193 of 223
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That's awesome.  Arca in what material? 

 

Does Pierre still make shoes himself or its mostly his brother or Antonie nowadays?


Pierre still dabbles in shoemaking but I'm not sure he does a pair from start to finish with his travel schedule these days. He has been known to still roll up his sleeves and do the patination work - as well as the polishing work in retail shops if he doesn't like how certain pairs are displayed.
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No frill may I ask what was your reason for getting bespoke Arca? It is standard model of corthay, so is it a fitting issue?
Amd if you done mind me asking what is the cost? And how many visits are required?
Thanks

It's just MTO so not bespoke. Yes, Arca is a pretty standard model and the 001 or the Pullman last both fit me just fine.

As for the material and cost, I will post that alongside the pics once the pair is done. smile.gif
post #194 of 223
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Originally Posted by sd2002 View Post

No frill may I ask what was your reason for getting bespoke Arca? It is standard model of corthay, so is it a fitting issue?
Amd if you done mind me asking what is the cost? And how many visits are required?
Thanks
May not be my place to comment but have you ever seen an RTW Arca next to a bespoke one? I own a MTO/RTW pair but compared to a bespoke last mine looks 'soft'.
post #195 of 223
Hi Craft,
I can't say I have. I am not sure what you mean by soft though. The Arca I seen was RTW and look every sleek to me. However, I am by no mean an expert on the subject and no frill probably knows what he is about anyway. For me at the Momen considering I don't have much trouble with fit and I a not nearly creative enough to come up with unique design to require bespoke service I will probably stick with RTW /MTO for now.
Would love to hear more about what you think of the Arca though, I am thinking of getting next year on my trip to Paris.
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