Historically it has been the French who come to London for their clothes rather than the other way around, but increasingly there are swimmers against the current. Pierre Corthay has been making shoes in Paris under his own name for twenty years. Eight weeks ago he opened the doors to a new Corthay store at 12a Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge, London opposite Louboutin and around the corner from Berluti (Corthay shoes are available in the United States at Leffot in New York).
The Corthay make is excellent and the style has some kinship with Berluti, Corthay's Paris neighbor, being pointed of toe and more colorful than the English makers. Both ready to wear and bespoke shoes are available at the store, with RTW priced from $1,100 (850 euros) and bespoke starting at $4,000 (3,000 euros). Ask for manager Francois Pourcher.