Dress shoes act as an punctuation mark to a superb outfit. They’re no longer just a necessity for formal and semi-formal attire; they’re an opportunity to differentiate, let your personality shine and make a statement. New York-based Paul Evans understands all of this, and as a direct-to-consumer luxury mens footwear retailer, offers top quality shoes bridging classic and contemporary aesthetics priced 65% less than traditional brands. Our favorite, The Martin Wholecut, is crafted from a single piece of Italian calfskin leather—and that’s just the start of what makes it fascinating.
Handmade in Naples, the Martin Wholecut has been blake stitched—a process that pulls the upper between the sole and insole. This acts threefold. First, it allows for a comfortable stretch around the foot. Second, it maintains the shoe’s sleek (and intended) design. Finally, it grants the ability for resoling down the line. As with true luxury shoes these will stand the test of time. They’re items one will want to wear for years to come.
The Martin Wholecut comes in five colorways, with “marrone” picture here. Regardless of all technical features—and even the feel—for most consumers looking for a dress shoe, the look matters the most. The use of a traditional silhouette, coupled with contemporary touches, means this is the type of shoe that can handle all types of formal situations, looking good along the way. This is a shoe for anyone who wants to step up their shoe game.
You can purchase the Martin Wholecut online for $399. The brand ships worldwide. Your shoes will be handmade for you when you order them, and you will receive them in a few weeks knowing that you’ve invested in a modern classic that you can wear for years. Of course, many other styles are available as well as leather accessories which are all worth checking out.
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