Whole cut all the way. But I'd put another vote in for calf not shell. I love cordovan, but to me this shoe should be a dress calf (and hopefully with a rams head medallion!). A nice light color for spring.
I saw earlier in the thread that the Cramertons are machine washable. Should I expect any inseam shrinkage if I wash cold and hang dry? I'm trying to decide if I should give them a cold soak before having them hemmed. I think these will look great with a cuff!
Congratulations Mike and Adele!
With all the delight that your work has given us, I'm reminded of a quote from Homer on the subject of marriage:
"There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends."
I'm having the hole issue with my wool socks as well. The cotton socks are holding up very well, but despite hand washing and hang drying my wool socks are all developing holes in the heels after very light wear. I really want to like the wool socks, but they need to be more durable.