Monk Strap

Monk Strap

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.

Style Advice

Except if you are sure that this is the only type of shoe you can afford to wear, don’t make it your first shoe. When you wear a three piece suit, it’s better not to wear a monk strap. If you have to wear it and you have options, make sure it’s a single monk strap. The reason is that the best dress men are those who make it seem effortless, so the less you wear the better. Giving the structure of a double monk strap, it’s ideal to wear them  in a way that won’t seem like one is putting in every effort to catch the eye of passersby.

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