A whole-cut shoe is defined as a shoe that uses a single piece of leather for the upper. Most commonly they are made as low-cut shoes, but there are high-end makers who craft Whole-Cut Chukkas and Chelsea as well. They’re available ready-to-wear or bespoke and in a wide variety of colors and materials, and are generally more expensive than an oxford that’s otherwise the same.
Technically, a Whole-Cut is a style of Oxford because it utilizes a closed-throat lacing system. Basically, they’re oxfords made from one piece of leather.
It’s possible to find Whole-Cut shoes with broguing details and other decoration, though one could make the argument that this defeats the purpose of a Whole-Cut, whose lines are supposed to be ultra-clean and sleek.
Artisan-Hand Made Patina: The technique used to achieve this artwork is known as ‘Anticatura’, which is the Italian word for antique finishing. It is a specialty of Italian and French maestro shoemakers. Entrusted to the hands of the antique finisher, the upper part of the shoe becomes a work of art. The Anticatura method is a hand dyeing procedure of leather. It takes about 8-10 hours of work per pair to create a completely unique patina with an aged effect.
Please allow 3-4 weeks for your order to be manufactured. Remember that you are purchasing a totally Made-To-Order product which is not produced in advance, every part of it will be hand-crafted, exclusively for you, following your specific instructions, after submitting the order. Made-to-Order items cannot be canceled or modified after being launched to production. However, production times can be shortened to 10-15 day for a $45 fee.