Daliet Grand was the biggest bespoke Parisian shoemaker for ladies and gentlemen from the 1920's to the 1960's. Created in 1927 when Grand (located Rue Pasquier at the time) bought the shop of retiring bootmaker Daliet, his shoes were the favourites of the Parisian aristocracy and bourgeoisie. The atelier was located Rue Desrenaudes (now Rue des Renaudes) in the 17th arrondissement, close to the Boulevard de Courcelles. Daliet Grand trained some of the best shoemakers at the time. One of his upper maker was Jean Bourles. Jean Bourles became later a legend on his own, having worked with Roger Vivier (the inventor of the stiletto hill, and designer of ladies shoes for Christian Dior), heading the bespoke operation at John Lobb and Berluti. Jean Bourles was also one of the master of a young Pierre Corthay during his years at Berluti. The style of Daliet Grand is typical of Parisian shoemaking of the interwar period: a sturdy construction, a delicate aesthetic, and an uncompromising attention to details and handwork. Daliet Grand was one of the rare shoemaker to propose a very short round captoe, blending the refinement of Parisian style and the classicism of English bootmakers like John Lobb or Maxwell. Daliet Grand closed in 1967. His style is very uncommon these days and can only be found on old shoes from incredible but forgotten shoemakers like Bunting, Hellstern, Noivo, or the legendary Tuczek. I'm proposing an incredible bespoke derby from Daliet Grand in cordovan. Made in the late 1950's (according to the telephone number on the insoles), they are in almost perfect condition. The soles are still very sturdy, the upper is in perfect shape, as well as the stitching and the welt. It features his classic short and round captoe. The seamless heel is perfectly executed with no space between the welt and the upper. These derbies will make an excellent pair for the countryside and can be worn with linen or cotton during spring and summer, and flannels or tweed during autumn and spring. The size is approximately a 5UK/39EU. Check the measurements below to be sure it fits you: Length left shoe: 25,6cm Length right shoe: 25,9cm Width left shoe: 9,8cm Width right shoe: 10cm The quality is equivalent to the following bespoke houses: - In England: John Lobb Ltd Bootmaker, Nikolaus Tuczek, Dominic Casey, Foster & Son, Gaziano & Girling, Henri Maxwell - In Italy: Stefano Bemer, Freccia Bestetti, Gatto, Marini, Pettrocchi, Beppino Rampin, Roberto Ugolini, - In France: Aubercy Bespoke, Berluti Bespoke, Corthay Bespoke, John Lobb Paris Bespoke, Massaro Bespoke, Philippe Atienza, Stephane Jimenez - In Japan: Yohei Fukuda, Eiji Murata, Tye Shoemaker If you have questions regarding the shoes, don't hesitate to ask. Possibly to try them in Paris 15th Arrondissement.
Footwear size - UK: 5