Dancing shoes in the pouring rain of Hollywood in the 20’s … Coup-de-theatre under the boiling sun of Mongibello… The moccasin was made famous by Fred Astaire in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and Alain Delon in ‘Plein Soleil’. A symbol of casual elegance that’s subtle and discreet, the moccasin remains a symbol of modernity of timelessness. Today’s moccasin has become the loafer, and with it, Maison Corthay offers Le Bel Air – a new symbol for the Maison that speaks volumes about a casual, sophisticated languid elegance that is synonymous with today’s thinking man.
In 1990 Pierre Corthay embarked on his entrepreneurial adventure and founded Maison Corthay, right in the heart of Paris, at 1, Rue Volney just next to Place Vendôme. Twenty-three years later, Pierre has chosen to pay a tribute to those, like him, who have always had a taste for risk, an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to create a New World. Inspired by the dream of the ‘self-made-man’, Maison Corthay reveals its interpretation of the ‘Pioneer’ and introduces the Le Bel Air – a contemporary and versatile mocassin.
Goodyear-welted, designed to ensure the shoes are durable and truly water-tight, le Bel Air is both sharp and sleek. Taking inspiration from the slim lines of the Massaï – a bespoke model from Maison Corthay which is known for its comfort – and The Apron which allows for a combination of calf, suede and patent leather. Le Bel Air is offered in a variety of styles from the traditional leather sole, an extra light rubber sole or the new personalised Corthay rubber sole.
«Don’t pray to have easy lives, pray to be stronger men.»
J. F. Kennedy