The Seamless Wholecut by Maftei

The Seamless Wholecut by Maftei
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The seamless wholecut is the like the unicorn of shoes. It’s not often seen and not made by many. And it has to be created by hand. At least for now it does until some intelligent shoemaker learns how to industrialize it. But I am not sure if that is going to happen any time soon. Either way, my good friend Jesper Ingevaldsson (of Shoegazing blog) just recently acquired a pair from the Romanian shoemaking house of Maftei. A lovely model for sure, with an immaculate patina on it, it’s no wonder that Jesper has been showing it on his Instragram account every other picture 🙂 Either way, it’s always nice to see evolution in footwear and unless I am wrong I don’t think that they were doing seamless wholcuts before too long ago (but I am probably wrong on that!) Anyway, Jesper was kind enough to document the making of his lovely pair of shoes, so if you are curious to see how they made that shoe without seams, check out his blog:

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7 thoughts on “The Seamless Wholecut by Maftei”

  1. Very nice indeed – and I just happen to be wearing my Allen Edmonds whole cuts today (with, of course, the seam on the heel). I didn’t realize that truly seamless whole cuts were possible.

  2. Jesper Ingevaldsson

    Haha, I always do that with new shoes, wear them for every other day for weeks, just going with that new enamored feeling. The same on my IG every time a new pair has arrived. Would probably have wear them in bed to if my wife had allowed it 🙂

    Thanks for the kind words about the shoes Justin! Have also been wondering if the seamless thing is a new thing. I think the first pair I saw was on Marcell “Koronya” Mrsans blog, of a pair he made, which really blew me away. That was just like four years ago or something. Getting more and more common, and the new thing is the seamless boot which also has started to pop up from a number of makers all of a sudden. Seamless is still mostly bespoke though, like you say. Only RTW I know of is Saint Crispin’s and Enzo Bonafé (for £680, which is a really good price), and both of those are obviously hand lasting them. You should challenge your Spaniards to achieve the first machine lasted series! 🙂

    1. don’t think that they will be able to, they can’t even make me a button boot, which is what i am really dying for!!

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