Last night Steven Taffel’s venerable Leffot hosted Pierre Corthay and his shoes for a trunk show. Leffot is one of the few stores in the United States that stocks Pierre Corthay shoes. And to my knowledge, the only that offers a trunk show. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with Mr. Corthay. Whose shoes, much like those of my beloved Septieme Largeur, are of the more restrained French shoe companies. Although the toes oft favor a more pointed shape, they are not to a point of offense, as I have seen some French and Italian shoes to be. Which makes them versatile and highly wearable when made in more conservative colors. But of course, there are those tweaks that make the shoes unmistakably French, such as the use of patinas.
Mr. Corthay started making shoes when he was 16. And much like Robin Rotenier when he carved his first cufflink, Pierre Corthay knew that shoe making was his calling when he first tried it. He worked for Berluti for a number of years and then in 1990 he broke out on his own. He has not looked back since; rightfully so. His ready to wear shoes retail around $1,400 and made to order shoes go for more. But the quality is absolutely superb and the styling is distinctive and elegant. Sadly, I was unable to purchase a pair, as they are for a man of greater means than I. But the day I can acquire a pair of Mr. Corthay’s shoes will be indeed one worth noting.
Many thanks to Steven Taffel at Leffot and Pierre Corthay for their hospitality and time.
Keep up the good fight gents,
Justin L Jeffers