+1 I own black calfskin wholecuts in the event I someday find an excuse to wear black tie, since I can't justify buying patent leather shoes. It's a sartorial sin of the first magnitude to some; marginally acceptable to others. Agreed. That's the way I'm doing it. And I would never wear opera pumps ... they are too effeminate for my taste. It's great that they've been worn for x number of decades, but even in photos from long ago, they look effeminate.