The Duke was originally made for an old friend by Corthay’s bespoke workshop. This man had a vision of a shoe that would have a classic shape but a surrealist makeup. Some months later, a shoe that was unique in the custom-made world appeared Rue Volney.

The Duke is an intriguing three-eyelet Oxford with the face of a Cyclops: the eye, the preeminent symbol of the Surrealists, is represented on the shoe by upper quarters, skillfully outlined in fine stitching.

Personalised work has always been at the heart of our house, and the Duke is certainly part of the Corthay family: the clever use of the house’s different leathers will bestow upon your shoe either a classic or a completely artsy look.