I recently had my bi-annual trip to Corthay of London, on Motcombe st in Knightsbridge, to see what was happening for Spring/Summer 2017 and had some intersting findings. Not everything was to my personal liking but what was interesting about it (particularly all of the pony hair shoes/boots) was that it really shows that there is truly a market for everything, no matter how crazy it might be!! Apparently the pony haired boots have been extremely sought after by their client base and while I cannot see the appeal, I can’t argue with what makes financial sense to them. After all, while sprouting from an artisan shoemaker, Corthay has come a long way in their quest to sit among the designer brands and rub shoulders with the likes of Berluti, LV and the like, being known by many customers whom simply seek a high price tag and a well know name. So they have achieved their success in that regards and that success comes at the price of making pony haired shoes for the guys driving their yellow Lamborghini’s in Knightsbridge.
But aside from the pony haired shoes, Corthay keeps to their original ethos of elegant ghillies, sharply shaped monkstraps, brilliant French shoe design and sleek chukkas. There is a good balance of something for everyone in their collections, never truly straying too far to one side but always offering a bit of classic, a bit of bold and then a bit of over the top (for those who like that). But hey, to each his own. I love the ghillies, the Brighton tassel loafer is killer, the chukka’s are a no brainer, the monkstrap is very cool with it’s red accent, the Wilfred is one of my all time favorite oxfords ever, the super French design string balmoral loafer is out of this world cool, and I ever appreciate the oxford with the patent leather accent for something unique. And that is what I love about Corthay: their level of design and detail is often unparalled by few!
If around Knightsbridge, pop in the shop and check the out the collection!