The monk strap is a type of shoe that is strapped on the side with a buckle. It’s a dress shoe and like the loafer or oxford, comes in variants such as brogue, double monk, etc. It consists of a heel, a cap toe, and a strap over the tongue, and is tightly stitched on a welted sole.
The elegance of a monk lies in its simplicity. It’s also safe to say monks are not your safest bet if you’re looking for a versatile and an all around type of shoe. Unlike the oxford or derby, a monk strap is not that common. If you look around you (wherever you are now), chances are that you won’t find a lot of men wearing a monk, versus oxfords.
A double monk is the same as a monk, but with a second buckle at the side.
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