Pierre Corthay Vendome Wingtip Shoe

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French shoemaker Pierre Corthay did a pretty good job of starting his career at the top. His first move, to John Lobb, was followed by a stint at Berluti and then the creation of his own workshop where he and his crew produced shoes for the  likes of Dior, Lanvin, Yohji Yamamoto and The Sultan of Brunei who of course ordered 150 pairs off the bat, no doubt just for the hell of it.

Corthay now owns stores worldwide producing ready-to-wear as well as bespoke. These wingtips might go some way to explain his continuing rise in footwear ranks.  Made from Bergeronette calf skin, Leffot explain, “This shoe is all about angles and curves: its broguing follows winding lines from the wingtip front to the side panels to the heel counter. The Vendome’s sloping modern shape is the perfect finish to its design.” They rate Corthay’s work as a class of its own, we won’t bother to argue.