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Edward Green Oundle

Not all Made to Order shoes are equal. There are certain styles, which we’ve made more often than others and the Oundle monk strap shoe by Edward Green is one of them.

It’s one of those shoes that deserves a second look it’s simple yet stylish and that’s exactly what we like about it. Made of only three pieces of leather these shoes can be made with or without a medallion on the toe.

Oundle, 202 Last, Tobacco Suede

Oundle, 888 Last, Black Calf

Oundle, 888 Last, Burnt Pine/Coffee Suede

Oundle, 888 Last, Coffee Suede

Oundle, 888 Last, Dark Oak

Oundle, 888 Last, Burnt Pine

Oundle, 888 Last, Brown Crup

Gaziano & Girling Antibes, Made to Order

It’s always a pleasure to open a box of Gaziano & Girling shoes and even more so when it’s a long awaited pair of shoes Made to Order (MTO). This pair of Antibes loafers was well worth the wait judging by the look on our client’s face who flew over as soon as they arrived.

The remarkable feature of this model is the reverse handsewn apron and split toe seam. One can only imagine the level of skill and craftsmanship it takes to perform this task without flaw.

The best things in life take time and are most certainly worth the wait. And when it comes to hand crafted shoes quality cannot be rushed.

Antibes, KN14 Last, Brown English Grain, Oak Bark Soles – MTO

G&G MTO’s, Tulsa Bound

We received these new Gaziano & Girling Made to Order pairs this week, which were dispatched, immediately to our client in Oklahoma. We’re confident that he’ll enjoy them a great deal. A finer shoe cannot be found in Tulsa, other than his pairs of Corthay, Edward Green, Rider, and Alden we’ve sent him.

Hayes in Vintage Oak TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Hayes - Leffot

Windsor in Vintage Rioja TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Windsor - Leffot

Mitchell in Vintage Cedar TG73 Last Oak Bark Soles – MTO*

Mitchell - Leffot

*MTO footwear is not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.

Corthay and Leffot in Forbes

Sole Man

Gary Walther, ForbesLife Magazine Published November 24, 2009

Not far from Place Vendome, Pierre Corthay designs contemporary bespoke shoes in a workshop from another century. Pierre Corthay describes his shoes, handmade in a mousehole workshop near Place Vendôme, as a stylistic blend–“in between very British and very Italian.” Which means, as I translated it, the love child of a Rolls and a Ferrari.


Pierre Corthay is designer-in-chief at his namesake atelier, not far from Place Vendome.

I’m not that far off, according to Steven Taffel, the pro- prietor of Leffot, a gorgeous little humidor of fine men’s shoes in Manhattan’s West Village and the sole outlet for Corthay in America. The essence of the Corthay aesthetic, he tells me, is sturdy English construction with a slimmed-down Italian profile.

That Corthay manages to have it both ways may be the result of his post- apprenticeship resume: John Lobb (1984–86) and then Berluti, where he was chef d’atelier until 1990, when he started his own shop on rue Volney. All the bespoke shoes are created here, while the made-to-order side of the business is handled at a factory outside Paris controlled by Corthay. Bespoke shoes take 50 hours to fabricate, but for the first pair five months to deliver because of the fitting (two sessions are required) and last-making processes. (Subsequent pairs take three months.) Made-to-order takes about six weeks and doesn’t mean off-the-rack. The customer chooses one of two lasts (chiseled toe or tapered rounded one, which is slightly wider), and then customizes the upper. Bespoke starts at $4,400; made-to-order at Leffot goes for $1,150–$1,500 in standard skins and colors.

Satan - Leffot

Satan Wholecut Veau Caramel Brûlé

Leffot customer John Valvo, M.D., director of robotics at Rochester General hospital in New York, likes the Italian side of Corthay. “It’s important to me to look as contemporary as I can,” he says. He has bought some of Corthay’s brightly colored offerings such as a pair in green–“One has to be confident,” he asserts–to match a particular pinstripe. He also pairs Corthay with certain suitmakers. “If I’m wearing a two-button peak-lapel Brioni, I go with Corthay.”

Whereas Miami attorney Andrew Ellenberg tows the other side of the Corthay line, models that look like “England via Italy.” That suits his sensibility: “modern without being outlandish or “˜look at me.’ “

Pierre Corthay, 1 rue Volney, Paris; 33-142-61-08-89 or,

Leffot, 10 Christopher St., New York; 212-989-4577 or,

Here a Dilly, There a Dilly, Everywhere a Piccadilly

For some reason or other we don’t place many orders for loafers or casuals as they say across the pond. But every now and then something special comes our way.

The Piccadilly is one of Edward Green’s “Core Line” models. A classic penny strap but this one with twill insets, the perfect shoe to sip dry Manhattan’s in. Who says spectators are just for summer?

Piccadilly; 184 Last Burnt Pine Antique/Twill – MTO*

Piccadilly - Leffot

*MTO footwear is not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.

Gaziano & Girling Burnham MTO

The Gaziano & Girling Burnham is a wholecut Chelsea boot. Wholecuts are very handsome and comfortable because they’re made from a single piece of leather and have no seams. They’re also much more labor intensive to produce. The owner of this pair had them made up to wear on his motorcycle, thus the Scotch Grain upper and Ridgeway soles.

Burnham Black Arran Grain, Ridgeway Soles MH71 Last – MTO*

Burnham - Leffot 1

Gaziano & Girling offers three Scotch Grains the finest being Pin Grain, then Highland, and finally Arran which is the deepest. Once the leather is stretched over the last the grain smoothes out quite a bit. It’s particularly nice on this wholecut. The grain adds a subtle texture and a slightly more rugged look which works well with the heavy lug soles.

Burnham - Leffot 2

*MTO shoes and boots are not part of our stock lines, they are Made To Order.