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October 31, 2012

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Some More Patina Greatness….More Art Than Shoe!

† There aren’t many shoes that I would be afraid to wear, but in the case of this model above (by Corthay), I think that I would just might have to leave it sitting in a glass case, for fear of ever ruining that amazing patina. And while many of the more practical people in the world, may look at this and think, “who the f*** would wear that?”, I am thinking, “Who the in […]

May 1, 2012

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A Shoe Night To Remember

Pierre Corthay, Courtesy of Parisian Gentleman When I was younger, I used to always flip through GQ and Esquire magazines (back in the States) and wish that I could attend the events (that they love to display each month), where the cool of the cool within the style industry go to mix and mingle. Well, for the first time in my life, I was actually invited to one of those events. However, it was not […]

August 8, 2011

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Paris Part 3 — Corthay Visit

For my last and final installment of my Paris trip, I present to you, my visit to the legendary Corthay shop on Rue de Volney. While there were so many places that I wanted to go, there is only so much you can do in a day in a half, especially when it’s your first time in a city that you don’t know the language. But thanks to my friend Mattieu, who so kindly took […]

July 27, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Customer’s Shoes

While I feel like it has been forever since I have written, really it has only been almost exactly 48 hours, which is not that long, in fact, to go without a post, especially considering that I am currently in Paris….yup, Paris! Taking a short trip, seeing the sights and doing a couple of things here and there, that you will see and hear about in the not-so-distant future. But as always, I have to […]

July 25, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Derby’s, Monk Straps & Others

With the second installment of ‘Style Names & Terminology,’ I will finish off laced shoes and monkstraps, before getting onto loafers and boots. As I mentioned the majority of oxford styles (or closed-lacing shoes) in Part 1, it is now time to introduce their counterparts and show the open-lacing models, as well as some of the other styles that I forgot. Enjoy! Derby (Darby in England) AKA Blucher AKA Gibson (far less known):† As you […]

May 26, 2011

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Customer’s Shoes – Corthay

I have never had the pleasure of actually dealing with a pair of Corthay shoes in the flesh before but just two days ago I was able to actually hold, admire and put a wicked shine on a pair of his classic two eyelet derby’s called ‘Arca.’ Let me tell you, they are absolutely stunning and are the real deal. You could easily tell the quality was superb and that the shoes had all of […]

November 29, 2010

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Colored/Contrasting Laces

Shoes By: Markowski When it comes to French shoemakers and French men, in general, I have to say: THEY ARE THE MOST DARING!!!! Even more so than the stylish and bold Italians, the French will do things that no one else does or even tries. A close second may be the Japanese. But where else can you find bright blue shoes paired with pink laces and actually see someone wearing these on the streets? Some […]

August 22, 2010

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Shoe Of The Day

I have said it twenty times before and might just say it a million times more: DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS!!! How cool are these shoes by Pierre Corthay? Laces matching the lining: Brilliant!! That is one thing that I love about French makers; they are not afraid to push the envelope and try things that you would normally not see. And because of that, the shoes they create end up being some of the most intriguing […]

May 17, 2010

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Patent Shoes

Used to be that patent leather shoes were only worn with a tuxedo or more rarely, on a very formal occasions with your sharp, black suit but now it’s almost as if you cannot go a day without seeing someone wearing a full-on patent leather shoe or at least a shoe with patent leather accents. This all started to change a couple of years ago when the idea of taking formal wear and turning it […]