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March 6, 2014

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New Enzo Bonafe Whole Cut Oxfords


I have always felt that a whole cut oxford should be on a last that has softly rounded edges and toe shape. As a model that, for me, is meant to stand for the utmost elegance, I have never felt that a sharp edge suited the whole cut oxford as much as a soft, rounded edge did. That was until I saw this new model by Enzo Bonafe (for Swedish shop, Skoaktiebolaget, of where the photos come from) which takes it to another level and probably makes the sharpest chisel that I have yet to see, starting those aggressive (yet lovely) edges all the way to the beginning of the vamp, just below the facing. And while I still feel that a soft version is more suited to the nature of the whole cut oxford, I do find myself quite attracted to this bipolar opposite, especially when appreciating the side profile which really shows off the appeal of that sharp line. And even better is the seeing this model in burgundy, which for me is the best color for a whole cut oxford to come in!

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  • RogerP

    I’m a big fan of Bonafe in general and of these wholecuts in particular. Very nice lines.

    • TheShoeSnob

      yea, me too!

  • André Simha

    I am new to Bonafé but they are on my “To Buy” list now !

    • TheShoeSnob

      i am sure that you will enjoy them when you do!

      • André Simha

        The wholecut oxford just came in … what a beautifully crafted shoe and the perfect burgundy!

        • TheShoeSnob

          lovely!! and yes a great shade!

  • RolleFC

    It is a fantastic and very clean shoe!

    • TheShoeSnob


  • Clive Humm

    For once, I disagree. I find the look of these shoes quite disturbing… in the same way that the Dr Who baddies that lacked a mouth were disturbing.

    • TheShoeSnob

      fair enough Clive, we can’t always agree 😉

  • Justin

    I like this and the Enzo Bonafe Burgundy Beauty quite a bit. I reviewed the Burgundy on my lame-o blog if anyone is interested in looking.

    • TheShoeSnob

      Thanks for sharing Justin