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First, I meant too say I rather liked your "Odd Job" pose with the fedora. I think a Fedora is easier to pull off than a bowler.

 

Also, since we're already off topic, and since we're on the topic of hats, well... here's Kate Upton wearing a hat:

 

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing a hat. Come on, you want to take a look. (Click to show)

 

 

Also, here are my Arcas in lie de vin:

 

 

The 001 last really works for me, and the Arca's construction is so comfortable.  As in - I like wearing the Arcas on long plane rides when my feet expand and contract, they feel much more comfortable than any other comparable dressier shoe I have (EGs, GGs, Carminas... although my St Crispin's are quite comfy too).  

 

And I'm not a blind Corthay worshipper, either: the other Corthay models I have (Bucy, Cocteau, Kleber, Vendome) are on the same 001 last but are not as comfortable during long haul trips as the Arca.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 

Also, since we're already off topic, and since we're on the topic of hats, well... here's Kate Upton wearing a hat:

 

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing a hat. Come on, you want to take a look. (Click to show)

 

 

Also, here are my Arcas in lie de vin:

 

 

The 001 last really works for me, and the Arca's construction is so comfortable.  As in - I like wearing the Arcas on long plane rides when my feet expand and contract, they feel much more comfortable than any other comparable dressier shoe I have (EGs, GGs, Carminas... although my St Crispin's are quite comfy too).

 

And I'm not a blind Corthay worshipper, either: the other Corthay models I have (Bucy, Cocteau, Kleber, Vendome) are on the same 001 last but are not as comfortable during long haul trips as the Arca.

 

This is why I visit this thread.

 

 

I was hoping she was only wearing a hat.

 

Tease!!!!!:censored:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice shoes.

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Were you able to see aubergine Corthays?  This was the first time I saw them on stock at Leffot.  They are lovely.  Now, your Arcas are the perfect way to "break the Corthay cherry," shall we say.  Are they in bergeronette?  That lovely warm caramel brown with slick burnishing was also the color of my first Corthays: the Satans, now renamed Casanova.  And I love them.  

Yes, I was able to see the aubergine Corthays! I actually got mine in Paris at his workshop. By that time in the day, however, I had already picked up a pair of shoes at Carmina, and the ladies that I was with were not really in the mood to be spending more time looking at men's shoes.

And yes, those are in Bergeronette or whatever that may be. I thought that was a great first color, it really highlights the wonderful patination that Corthay is so accomplished at doing. They are great shoes, but unfortunately I had to let them go. When I come to New York this winter, I may pick another pair up though. Maybe even go for the Aubergine this time!
Edited by Newcomer - 9/18/13 at 8:10pm
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Frills - yes, a combination of lack of space and a bit of uncertainty as to how well they would work with my wardrobe.  But they sure are pretty.

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All this shoe porn is way out of my league but I gotta say those Arcas look like works of very high priced art!
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All this shoe porn is way out of my league but I gotta say those Arcas look like works of very high priced art!

 

They sure do.

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All this shoe porn is way out of my league but I gotta say those Arcas look like works of very high priced art!

Arcas are awesome, well worth it. They fit surprisingly TTS as well...
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This is why I visit this thread.

 

I was hoping she was only wearing a hat.

 

Sorry to disappoint, dddrees... here's hoping another picture for consideration will make up for the disappointment.

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing a hat. But not just a hat. But you want to look anyway. (Click to show)

 

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post


Yes, I was able to see the aubergine Corthays! I actually got mine in Paris at his workshop. By that time in the day, however, I had already picked up a pair of shoes at Carmina, and the ladies that I was with were not really in the mood to be spending more time looking at men's shoes (spoiler relevant).


And yes, those are in Bergeronette or whatever that may be. I thought that was a great first color, it really highlights the wonderful patination that Corthay is so accomplished at doing. They are great shoes, but unfortunately I had to let them go. When I come to New York this winter, I may pick another pair up though. Maybe even go for the Aubergine this time!

 

Nuke - you cad! That could well be Kate on the left!  And, uhm, Emily Ratajkowski on the right...?

 

Aubergine FTW, but yes, perhaps after you've assembled a collection that covers all the more "basic" colors.  

 

Corthay's patination is out of this world.  IMHO comparable to Berluti if not better; quality comparable to John Lobb.  

 

But then Pierre worked for BOTH John Lobb AND Berluti, so presumably he took the best of both and learned from them.

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Frills - yes, a combination of lack of space and a bit of uncertainty as to how well they would work with my wardrobe.  But they sure are pretty.

 

Fair enough.  Definitely a good thing to hold back if you have any misgivings.  These aren't small investments and they've got to work with the rest of your wardrobe.

 

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All this shoe porn is way out of my league but I gotta say those Arcas look like works of very high priced art!

 

They really, really are. And as lovely as they look in pictures, they are even more stunning in person.  I remember taking months to decide on the olive wingtips - and I tried my best to hold off.  But seeing them again and again just broke down my willpower.

 

Which, arguably, ain't very strong to begin with... :D

 

OK, back to watches.  Only saw this now but this is Patek's official description of their entry to the Only Watch event sponsored by Antiquorum in Monaco.  The titanium 5004 which we've discussed before:

 

http://www.patek.com/contents/default/en/onlywatchauction2013.html

 

I am still not in love with this piece.  I suspect it's not just the construction in general but the Arabic numerals, which for me worked for the 5070 but not for the 5004.  

 

If, however, it was this rare 5004 in platinum with baton markers........!

 

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post



Nuke - you cad! That could well be Kate on the left!  And, uhm, Emily Ratajkowski on the right...?

Aubergine FTW, but yes, perhaps after you've assembled a collection that covers all the more "basic" colors.  

Corthay's patination is out of this world.  IMHO comparable to Berluti if not better; quality comparable to John Lobb.  

But then Pierre worked for BOTH John Lobb AND Berluti, so presumably he took the best of both and learned from them.

Fair enough.  Definitely a good thing to hold back if you have any misgivings.  These aren't small investments and they've got to work with the rest of your wardrobe.

Ha that was my girlfriend at the time, and on the right was Emily Ratajkowski sans the wonderful... subdials.

I have a pretty good selection, but I honestly think that Aubergine is fairly reserved. I really do not think that anyone would look twice if you did not explicitly point them out. They definitely do not scream "purple shoes."

I think that Corthay's patination is above Lobb and Berluti--although of course JLP Bespoke is a whole other ball of wax. To be honest, I have never been that impressed by JL. At that level, I have always had a preference towards EG or even G&G. Although I always wanted a pair of the Chapel's in Dark Brown Museum. Another day, perhaps.

I guess I am at the point shoes-wise where I really do not have many 'holes.' I have desires, but not needs. I love to work my shoes into the rotation as well. There is nothing better than the patination that can only be achieved through wear and through polish. I have plenty of "needs" in the other parts of my wardrobe that need to be filled before I revert back to the acquisition of shoes.

It sure as hell is a dangerous game smile.gif.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 

Sorry to disappoint, dddrees... here's hoping another picture for consideration will make up for the disappointment.

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing a hat. But not just a hat. But you want to look anyway. (Click to show)

 

 

Nuke - you cad! That could well be Kate on the left!  And, uhm, Emily Ratajkowski on the right...?

 

Aubergine FTW, but yes, perhaps after you've assembled a collection that covers all the more "basic" colors.

 

Corthay's patination is out of this world.  IMHO comparable to Berluti if not better; quality comparable to John Lobb.

 

But then Pierre worked for BOTH John Lobb AND Berluti, so presumably he took the best of both and learned from them.

 

Fair enough.  Definitely a good thing to hold back if you have any misgivings.  These aren't small investments and they've got to work with the rest of your wardrobe.

 

 

They really, really are. And as lovely as they look in pictures, they are even more stunning in person.  I remember taking months to decide on the olive wingtips - and I tried my best to hold off.  But seeing them again and again just broke down my willpower.

 

Which, arguably, ain't very strong to begin with... :D

 

OK, back to watches.  Only saw this now but this is Patek's official description of their entry to the Only Watch event sponsored by Antiquorum in Monaco.  The titanium 5004 which we've discussed before:

 

http://www.patek.com/contents/default/en/onlywatchauction2013.html

 

I am still not in love with this piece.  I suspect it's not just the construction in general but the Arabic numerals, which for me worked for the 5070 but not for the 5004.

 

If, however, it was this rare 5004 in platinum with baton markers........!

 

 

 

And my wife thinks I visit this thread because of the watches. Bravo sir, bravo. :slayer:

 

Sorry I missed the discussion on the 5004, but your right the Arabiac numerals just don't seem to work. Not sure that I like the idea of a Patek in titanium, and that watch band just doesn't look right on a Patek as well.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 

.....the shoes that have been whispering at me.....

 

I saw these when I was tyre-kicking in Dubai.  Everything you said.  The Arca is stunning (orange croc, please!)  Your olive ones are just gorgeous and I think these are definitely in the same vein.

 

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I have a wide foot so I'm not sure that last would ever fit me

 

Me too.  I'm a 10E in American, usually a 9.5F-G in English.  When I tried on the Arca (wasn't just watch shops I was time-wasting in...), they actually gave me a US 11.  They really are long and narrow.  As a shoe-lover, I have to say that although it's disappointing, it's just not worth sizing up like that.  The toe will break in the wrong place which could be uncomfortable over time, and will look increasingly detached from the rest of the foot.  I see a lot of this on SF, especially with G&G.  Sometimes when we love something, the denial is strong!  If, like Nuke, your foot is the right shape for something like this to fit true to size, then happy days.  Otherwise, there's always bespoke...and it's cheaper than most watches in this thread...who's the devil now? :devil:

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I'm always down for a little off-topic shoe porn.  The purple rocks - go for it! I had a long pause before my first navy shoes as well, but now I'm lusting over a pair of Ruby shell Carminas.  The Arca is possessed of such tremendously elegant lines.

You know you're in good company.  Now I know what your shell/drooling reference meant!  My first shell pair (another AE bargain) is inbound, and I've been hankering for the Carmina blue wholecuts, among others.  So many shoes, so little money*, and only two feet....but, I saw those ruby ones on The Shoe Snob a while back; are they MTO or coming to the online shop?

 

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. With a grey suit, I think they would look the bomb

I need some more shoes in my life.

 

Truth x2

 

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I have precisely the opposite problem (as I try to figure out how to make space on the shoe stand for the new Vass Ilcea Museum Calf).  Love those Arcas!

 

Seven pairs in the last couple of months, one more already ordered as above.  Space...and a bunch of new trees also required.  And to do some polishing.  Why do we have to work?!

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 I like wearing the Arcas on long plane rides when my feet expand and contract

 

You must have feet like an elf.  I guess it helps having a derby, in that loosening the laces relaxes the whole shoe a bit.  I have a pair of C&J that I accidentally bought one width too big - they are my standard long flight shoes for the same reason.

 

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

I am still not in love with this piece. 

 

If, however, it was this rare 5004 in platinum with baton markers........!

 

 

 

I thought that titanium 5004 was ridiculous when I first saw it.  At a glance this time, I found it strangely appealing. The magic of Patek?  But if I'm going to have a PP fantasy, for me the 5004P would make a very good one.  Much better designed that Kate Upton, and with a rather more enduring beauty too, of course.

And so here's a picture of Rihanna wearing something or other. Warning: display back. (Click to show)

 

 

*And I also ordered a watch, although not worth mentioning yet as it's very much in the poor man category and won't be ready for three months

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Mimo - the ruby shell are sitting all too conveniently at my local Carmina (G&G and St. Crispin's) retailer.  Thankfully, they are the wrong last for me.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post
 

 

Sorry to disappoint, dddrees... here's hoping another picture for consideration will make up for the disappointment.

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing a hat. But not just a hat. But you want to look anyway. (Click to show)

 

 

I am still not in love with this piece.  I suspect it's not just the construction in general but the Arabic numerals, which for me worked for the 5070 but not for the 5004.  

 

If, however, it was this rare 5004 in platinum with baton markers........!

 

 

How can we not look when you mention Kate?  Resistance to Kate (or a great pair of shoes is futile  :devil:).

 

I have never really been in love with the 5004, but the baton markers are a big improvement.  

 

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Me too.  I'm a 10E in American, usually a 9.5F-G in English.  When I tried on the Arca (wasn't just watch shops I was time-wasting in...), they actually gave me a US 11.  They really are long and narrow.  As a shoe-lover, I have to say that although it's disappointing, it's just not worth sizing up like that.  The toe will break in the wrong place which could be uncomfortable over time, and will look increasingly detached from the rest of the foot.  I see a lot of this on SF, especially with G&G.  Sometimes when we love something, the denial is strong!  If, like Nuke, your foot is the right shape for something like this to fit true to size, then happy days. 

Same here, it has to be at least an E in width.  I can't go up in size, because it makes the toe break in the wrong place.  I gave up on when sales people try to get me into the next size because I know it has never worked for me and never will.  

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Those Ruby shell sound intriguing. I have become a sucker for shell as of late. The incredibly low maintenance is incredibly attractive to me. Although they are a bit "blobbier" than their calf brethren, I rarely have to wear a suit, and the blobbier shoes really work better with the rus in urbe aesthetic that I have been shooting for. TLDR, I need some ruby shell carminas in my life smile.gif.

And who do you usually get shoes from Dino? I feel like Alden and Edward Green are both very accommodating with the wider-footed.
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Most English makers do wider fittings, and some like Church's, C&J and EJ do wide and extra-wide.  Be careful, as they represent them differently (I accidentally bought a "G" C&J, mentioned above, not realising that their medium is "E" like Edward Green's, and their "G" is extra-wide; Church's, Barker, Cheaney, Loake and Grenson use "F" as medium and "G" as just normal wide, with Church's also doing an "H").    I have to say the best range of sizes I've ever seen is Allen Edmonds.  Who of course, being American, use E as wide and EE or EEE as extra wide. So, er, check your size.

 

But I do get these rubies for sure.  I understand the Simpson last is quite slim, so they might be waiting for your call, Nuke!

 

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