Most of you know that I am big advocate of the wholecut oxford (and any wholecut for that matter), as it’s look of cleanliness and lack of fluff allows it to be among the most elegant and versatile of shoes. This model here, by Gaziano & Girling, just happens to be one of my all-time favorites, not only of Gaziano & Girling, but of all shoes, ever! In fact, when my line finally comes out, you will see a model of mine that was very much influenced by this shoe here and others alike. I find that while I do very much like a plain wholecut oxford, the little bit of brogueing that is used here gives it that much more character without taking away from the fact that it is still simply a wholecut shoe. And the color is probably the most rich merlot that I have ever seen, period. It’s the perfect shade of a reddish/purple combination. And for me, this model could be worn with nearly everything, particularly a nice plain navy or gray suit. I just wished that more people agreed with me on this, as I would love to more burgundy/oxblood/merlot shoes gracing the feet of well-dressed gentleman….one day I guess….