I've never made a post like this before, but my experience in Paris earlier this month at Aubercy requires one now. My first day in Paris I stopped by the Aubercy shop to look around. The shoes were stunning. So much so that my wife was only a little bored. I had a brilliant time walking around the shop and was struck by the craftsmanship of the shoes. Both what you can see (the stitching is impeccable, the lines clean, the leather flawless) and what you (or at least I) can't (hand sewn welting). Equal to the superb shoes were the people I met in the store. I do not speak a word of French, but they could not have been more helpful. One fellow in particular was warm and took great pride in the shoes and that the the company was still family owned and run. I later learned this was Xavier Aubercy, who is unquestionably the nicest proprietor I have ever met. (Sorry, Carl, but you'd agree) The next day I went to the other big-name Paris shops, including J. M. Weston, Corthay, Berluti, etc. Most were impressive, but none came close to the well-made shoes and warm atmosphere I experienced at Aubercy. I returned to Aubercy the next day and placed an order, my one memento from the trip. I settled on a dark grey wholecut and we're going to incorporate a nice tweed fabric into the top-half of the upper. Should take about 4 months and I'll post pictures here once they arrive. In any event, I give Aubercy my highest recommendation and strongly encourage anyone in Paris to visit the shop.