Like a lot of old school styles, monk strap shoes are having a bit of a moment right now. About a year ago, after a very long search, I found what I thought was the perfect pair at Brooks Brothers, made for them by the British cobbler Peal & Co. So why did I pick these over so many other variations? I knew I wanted double monks, with two buckles rather than one, so that narrowed the field a bit. The next thing was the color. I was looking for a pair in chocolate brown, as I already had lace ups in black and a lighter, caramel brown. I also liked how simple this pair is. The straps give these shoes enough swagger, so a cap toe is all the extra embellishment I needed. And of course, they fit great and are very well made.
Monk straps are one of the more formal shoes guys can wear, so I generally wear them with suits or something similarly dressed up. However, I don’t mind taking the formal edge off with a pair of purple polka-dot socks. Also, I’ll occasionally ditch the socks in the summer and pair the shoes with some plaid pants hemmed short.
Monk straps are a great way to add a bit of variety to your shoe closet. If I was only going to have one pair of dress shoes, it would definitely be lace ups, which are more versatile, but having a pair of monks is a great way to mix things up and add a little extra pop to your look.