Benson Wholecut Oxford Custom Patina - Grey

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Our Benson wholecut, crafted in Italy, gets a special custom grey patina finish

The look is sleek, formal and fabulous.  The custom grey patina and extra polishing takes it to the next level.  Grey pairs well with darker outfits and can tone down when worn with brighter colours. 

  • High quality full grain calf leather
  • Hand dyed custom grey patina
  • Full calf leather lining
  • Blake stitched sole with rubber insert
  • Includes dust bags
  • Made in Italy



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how our Italian shoes are made

Italian made, custom grey patina wholecut


These are Italian made wholecuts, using full grain calf leather. They are then finished to order in England by our patina specialist. Shades of grey and complimentary darker tones are skilfully applied by hand. Several layers of special waxes are then added by hand to build up the depth of shine and protect the finish. Every pair is unique and is a work of art.

Being a wholecut, each shoe is made from a single piece of high quality calf leather, so there has to be no defects. There is just a single joining piece at the back. It’s a very elegant, dressy, formal shoe, ideal for special occasions.

The top line is neat, with no raw edges, as we taper or ‘skyve’ the edge, then fold the leather and stitch it. The shoe has a full calf leather lining. This helps absorb moisture and prolong the life of the shoe. And we use a genuine full leather insole. Inside the heel, the reverse counter, we use suede to stop your heel slipping. What you can’t see are the stiffeners between the calf upper and lining. There is one in the toe and another at the back. These are important to keep the shoe looking good as it ages, and we use longer, high quality stiffeners to achieve this.

The sole is stitched onto the upper with a traditional Italian method called blake stitching. This is an in-channel, lock stitching technique, so even if one stitch was worn the others will still be locked securely in place. And being stitched the sole can be replaced when it eventually wears. But to extend the sole’s life, we use a rubber insert for added wear and better grip. There is a 25mm genuine leather stacked, heel, with 4 brass pins, and a rubber piece, again for better wear and grip, that can be easily replaced. There is a ‘gentleman’s corner’, a small bevel that reduces snagging of the heel on your trousers.

Benson custom grey patina wholecut is a beautifully Italian made high quality shoe, that with care should give you many years of enjoyment.


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