This pair of shoes was manufactured at the Neuilly-sur-Marne’s factory before the factory was relocated to Chollet/Beaupréau, France, i.e. before Xavier de Royere arrived in 2010 and reorganised the brand and the business model. This means a manufacturing and quality leather still at above than current standards in today's Corthay (manufacturing details such as seams, bold wheeled welt and instep are all beautiful). The size of the inside buttresses at the heels is also an indicator of the quality of then at Corthay).
The pair is stamped 7.5UK and it is well known that Corthay fits pretty small. But there, it fits really, realy small because, in my opinion, it would be more like a 6UK or a very small 6.5UK.
Why this pair is old but brand new? It is a pair of demonstration (very slightly rubbed soles after a couple of tries on carpet, see pictures) of a mens fashion store having closed in Paris, and which remained in the stocks and forgotten ... I bought them on the faith of a 7.5UK that would fits 7UK in the current Corthay, but they are wayyy too small for me from about 1 size.
For indication, I wear :
- Crockett & Jones 348 Last 6,5UK
- « current Corthay » Arca 7UK
- Gaziano & Girling 7UK
- Carmina Inca Last 7UK
A friend of mine usually wearing 6,5UK feels them too narrow as well.
The color is a beautiful camel, elegant with strong personality. If it does not please you, as it is a clear base, it allows all patina.
If the current Corthay’s prices are around $1400/1600 these days, this pair should likely be worth more than $2000, something close from Fukuda’s RTW at $2300.
SELLING PRICE 1000EUR or $1150
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