Recognizable due to their sleek and polish look, wholecut shoes spread pure elegance through their clean lines and perfect surface.
Basically, they’re oxfords made from one single piece of leather, because they have a closed-throat lacing system too.
Most dress shoes have multiple pieces sewn together. In wholecut shoes, there are no added pieces – no vamps or no quarters.
With refined lines and no seams – these type of shoes catch the eye for their minimalistic design. They symbolize the simplest form of good quality shoemaking, adding refinement to any outfit.
They are dressy without being flashy. They capture the attention subtly.
It’s possible to spot wholecut shoes with broguing ornaments and other decoration, though the orthodox would say this is not a pure wholecut, whose lines are supposed to be simple and clean.
They are sometimes more expensive than an other smart shoes for a these attributes:
1 PREMIUM QUALITY LEATHER GUARANTEED
The skins that are used to make wholecuts should be free of spots and imperfections. The texture of the leather has to be consistent over the whole shoe.
The leather should be best quality because you can’t sew pieces together strategically to mask imperfections.
2. OUTSTANDINGLY MADE
The wholecut is a challenging shoe to make. Because it’s seamless, lasting procedure has to be made by skillful hands. It’s difficult to get it to lay uniformly on the last itself without over-stretching the skin, and it’s easy for the shoe to lose it’s form during the lasting procedure.
If you appreciate craftsmanship, like the time-honored shoemaking techniques that still are alive in Mallorca, a wholecut must be the first option when you think of a shoe.
3. EASY TO KEEP IN SHAPE
With no sews to get in the way of the polishing process, wholecut shoes soak up polish and show shine better than other smart shoes.
The stitching does not turn into glossy and there are no additional folds of attached leather – ensuring a flush and uniform shine across the whole skin of the shoe.
4. THEY WILL ADAPT TO YOUR FEET
The leather on wholecuts is not restricted by stitches and vamps to keep your feet’s shape.
If made correctly, the skin of a wholecut shoe draws the structure of the foot making it more attractive to the eye compared to shoes that have stitching.
As wholecuts adapt to your feet, they should fit comfortably as they will expand over the early wears (mainly if the leather is thin).
How do I wear Wholecuts?
Technically the less ornaments has a shoe, the more formal it is. Plainness is synonymous with correctness, and wholecuts are the epitome of simple.
They can be worn with any look that goes with a jacket. While wholecut shoes in black are the best option with a suit, a brown or tan wholecut can be ideal to wear with jeans too.
Even in their more casual options, they look better dressed up as opposed to dressed down. Below, we provide some tips of how to wear them for different levels of dressiness:
- Suede wholecuts (light or a special color, such as blue or green): Casual trousers, jeans.
- Leather (black or brown calf, with or without broguing): Suits, professional dress codes. Black wholecuts are best worn with a suit—although business and less dressy suits can be put together with brown or tan.
- Black patent leather: Tuxedo. Wholecuts work well as evening shoes if they don’t have brogue details. For black tie or formal occasions, choose black wholecuts in patent leather or high shine calf leather.