Monk Strap Shoes Guide – How To Wear & Buy Single & Double Monks

Monk Strap Shoes Guide – How To Wear & Buy Single & Double Monks


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Today’s video is all about Monk strap shoes. We discuss the single monk strap as well as
the double monk strap, boots, we talk about history, how to wear them, what to do, what
not to do, and anything else you need to know. First, let’s start with the history. Supposedly, in the 15th century, a monk in
the alps modified a pair of sandals which is why the monk got its name. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find records from
the time and the kind of earliest evidence we have as a brand came in 1901. That being said, if you want to learn more
about the monk strap shoe history, please check out our detailed guide here. Traditionally, the monk strap shoe had a single
buckle and that’s what the shoe looked like for years. Over time, men wanted to create a different
style so they added a second buckle. Sometimes, you can even see shoes with three
buckles, maybe more. In my experience, everything that has more
than 2 buckles is very trendy. You want to stay with a classic look, go with
a single or a double monk. No matter if you have a single monk or a double
monk, the construction is very similar. You have an upper vamp as well as a buckle
strap and then the heel. In this case, the shoe has some broguing,
wingtip but that’s entirely optional. The same is true for the double monk shoe,
the only difference can be that the buckles in the straps can be in different positions,
either here or there, the spacing between the buckles can be different and the angles
and the style can be different. Personally, I think the spacing of about 2
inches is ideal because if it’s too narrow, it looks odd. If the buckles are too parallel, it looks
unadvantageous too. Simply get a more dynamic look with straps
that are not aligned or parallel. Most monk strap shoes have a little part of
an elastic, right behind here because it’s a very inflexible shoe and you still have
to get in and out of it. Naturally, not all feet are alike and therefore
you can find certain holes in the strap to adjust it to your foot. For a single monk strap, that’s basically
the only adjustment you can make and therefore it’s more difficult to fit them right. Because you have 2 adjustable straps on a
double monk, it’s a theory easier to get the fit right though in practice, it doesn’t make
that much of a difference. It’s just important that you try on the shoe
and make sure it’s as close as possible, otherwise, it will be an uncomfortable shoe that you
don’t end up wearing. In terms of buckle designs, you find all kinds
of shapes. Thicker square ones, rectangular, round, half
round, octagonal, hexagonal, you name it and it will probably exist. Off the rack, these buckles are usually made
of brass and then either plated with chrome or palladium or with a natural patina which
is actually quite attractive. If you go bespoke, sometimes they’ll also
use sterling silver or even solid gold which makes the shoe more expensive but it’s usually
a collaboration with a goldsmith and it allows you to get a very unique buckle design. Ideally, you want to match the metal color
of your monk strap buckle to your tie bar, your cuff links, or your rings although, it’s
not always possible and you shouldn’t stress out about it. In terms of material, of course, classic,
plain calf leather is the number one choice. It’s easy to take care of, even get a nice
patina and it’s quite robust. In terms of colors, I would suggest you start
with something with a dark brown range or maybe something reddish like burgundy because
it’s versatile and you can wear it with so many outfits. Once you’ve mastered dark brown and reddish
brown, you can think about other colors such as tan. On top of that, a dark brown suede monk strap
can be very good for a casual and business casual wardrobe. Personally, I don’t have one because I have
many other suede shoes but if I wouldn’t have them, I would probably invest in a dark brown
suede monk strap. A black monk strap shoe is only recommended
if you wear greys and charcoals, otherwise, I really suggest you stick with brown or burgundy. Of course, once you’ve got these colors covered,
you can play a little more and get a spectator monk strap either with linen or with leather,
you can even use tweed, basically, the possibilities are endless. Another somewhat popular monk strap shoes
is exotic leather such as alligator and lizard. If you go that route, ake sure you get a matte
alligator leather or lizard because it looks much more sophisticated and the shiny finish
looks rather cheap and it’s definitely something you want to avoid. Apart from the classic monk strap design with
a single buckle, there’s a style that evolved in the last couple of years where the straps
pint towards the heel, for the lack of a better word, they call it the cutaway monk strap. It’s an entirely different look once you wear
it and I think it works better with slightly shorter pants so you end up seeing the buckle
and it’s basically a matter of personal choice. Of course in the shoe world, you always want
to be classic yet different and so someone had the idea to do a double cutaway monk strap
and it can look quite elegant although it’s a shoe that you can buy once you have all
the basics covered. Apart from shoes, you can also invest in monk
strap boots which can actually look quite elegant especially with one buckle. Becaue it’s a boot, the strap is slightly
higher but you can also add a second or sometimes a third strap and unlike with the shoe, it
looks quite good. At the end of the day, I would suggest you
buy those only if you already have a chelsea boot, johdphur boot, and maybe a balmoral
boot because it’s slightly more advanced. So how do you wear a monk strap shoe? Basically, it’s a slightly less formal shoe
than an oxford or a derby, that makes it very versatile in today’s day and age. It pairs well with casual outfits, business
casual outfits, blazers, sport coats, especially combinations. I also like to wear it with tweed and apart
from that, it always gives you a unique look because there are way more oxfords and laceup
shoes out there than there are monk straps. You should always stay clear of monk strap
shoes for formal events, when you wear a three piece suit, black tie or white tie, funerals
or stroller suit. it’s simply not suited for the type of garment. Even moreso than with regular shoes, it’s
extremely important to use a shoe horn to put on monk straps. Why? A monk strap is cut higher on the foot and
there is no real opening unlike with a lace up shoe and so ideally, you should unbuckle
your monk strap, get in with the shoe horn and close it. So with the double monk strap shoe that can
be quite time consuming so if you’re in a hurry, use a shoe horn and pull so you get
into the shoe easily without damaging it. Let’s recap. If it’s your first monk strap shoe, go with
someting in dark brown, burgundy, or chestnut brown. Saty clear of black unless you wear a lot
of grey and charcoal suits. Buy shoes before boots and start with calf
leather and then move to suede. If you want to be particularly non-chalant,
you can actually leave one buckle unbuckled when you wear it and it gives you that sprezzatura
and flair that you usually see at Pitti Uomo. Because the monk strap is more casual in its
nature, it’s a perfect shoe to pair with unusual socks, either striped, dotted, or patterned
and in different colors. Also make sure not to wear it with formal
attire and always use a shoe horn when you put them on. If you’re in need of s shoe horn, head over
to our shop where we have like a 25 inch, 15 inch and travel size version so you can
have a shoe horn with you wherever you are. If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe
to our channel and for more details, nice pictures on how to combine monk straps and
inspiration, please head over to our full fledged guide here.

95 Replies to “Monk Strap Shoes Guide – How To Wear & Buy Single & Double Monks”

  1. Really, the timing couldn't be more perfect! Tomorrow I'm going to buy new shoes and I'm still undecided whether to buy light brown full brogue oxfords or a pair of double monks. What would you recommend as it my second pair of dress shoes after a pair of formal black ones?

  2. i would have to disagree about the wear ability being business casual and not formal. I think the Monk and double monk are so versatile. i wear my single monks with my 3 piece suits. To me it looks fantastic and classy. again my opinion.

  3. Thank you for your video. I agree with you on the point that having 2 straps makes adjustments to the comfort of the foot a lot easier!

  4. I have 2 pairs of single monkstraps, they're very versatile and work well with a suit or casual wear. The placement of the strap (depends on the shoe) results in a very smooth look.

  5. I recently puchased 3 pairs of To Boot New York in double monk strap, Cognac, Bordeaux, and Black. I love them. Yes I have several oxfords and derbys as well. Thank you for all the great videos.

  6. Great video Sven, I love monk straps. They look great with a jacket, or a nice shirt and jeans. I also love learning new things, which I usually do from your videos, Balmoral and Jodhpur boots…..never heard of them before. Now I have research to do. Thanks again!

  7. I have a question: Which color belt would you use for a burgundy colored shoe if you don't have a burgundy belt? I only have brown and black leather belts because I have a lot more shoes in these colors than in burgundy.

  8. Raphael, Thanks for the very informative information about how to dress properly. One question. Where are you from? I can hear a slight accent, but I can't tell what it is. Just curious. Thanks.

  9. Where do you buy your shoes? I like to wear them before buying them and it is always a pain to find something im looking for at my local shoe stores. thanks

  10. This is the first video of yours i've seen, and I was forced to subscribe because of the classy smile at the end of each sentence!

  11. Thank you for the tips Mr Schneider. I feel more gentlemanly already! Now all I need is a budget to accommodate for all this excellent footwear I want to buy…

  12. I didn't understand what he said when he was talking about leaving the top buckle undone?? I like wear double monks for casual wear so anything to make more causal, I will do.

  13. This channel is amazing! I'm on a marathon lol. So far watched 3 videos. I just learned about a shoe horn. I never knew that existed. Thank you!

  14. Another great video and very informative! I have several monk strap shoes but I'm looking for a dark brown one. What brand was the one in your video? Thanks

  15. Recently bought a pair of Herring Luscombe in Mahogany. They're fantastic shoes. Wouldn't wear them in an office environment on a daily basis but good for casual Fridays and general smart casual attire.

  16. Thanks for the video! Can you comment/recommend the Meermin monk shoes? Im currently looking at the snuff suede or antique oak calf

  17. Who made it a rule not to wear double monk straps with formal suits? I have a monk strap shoe I like so much that i like to wear with formal suits.

  18. FANTASTIC, I love when you have a link to what you wear on the video. Great way to induce a sell in my opinion! Seeing apparel live always does it for me. Thanks!

  19. Thank you. Great video. I'm going to get chestnut pebble/grain leather double monk strap shoes. so good. Great for smart casual and business casual etc.

  20. I was thinking of buying AE Oxblood Single Monk Shoes…I did not see anything in burgundy, but is Oxblood too much or in the right color range you specified..These are first Monks,

  21. Hello. I would like to ask your email I have some questions I want to ask I'm 13 and I like your vids thanks btw and have a good day

  22. TBH, I taught double monk straps are hideous asf. But, I realized they're beautifully versatile. Thanks for the guide!

  23. Hello. I recently acquired my first pair of monkstraps and I love them! My question is about unbuckling them. If I unbuckle and buckle every time, I'm afraid the strap will wear out over time like a belt and it isn't easy to replace (the whole shoe would be ruined). What do you recommend? Should I keep it buckled and try to slip it on like a loafer or get used to the idea that it will wear out and I won't be able to keep them for life even with great care?

    Thank you for your awesome channel.

  24. Aaaand of course I would buy my FIRST pair of double strap monks for a decent price in BLACK, AFTER I watched this awesome vid 🤦🏾‍♂️

  25. I am from Romania and here i dont have acces to quality stuff. Vintage shops is only solution. Im very frustrated because i dont find a single monkstrap yet.

  26. I have a pair of brown Belvedere Double monk strap calf leather with ostrich leg toe cap. Very fancy shoes. I dont polish the leather as much as the toe cap so that the toe cap shines really good with the calf leather semi matted it gives its it s realle nice contrast and the toe cap stands out. Inuse Saphir Reptan on the cap and Renovateur on the calf leather to keep it soft.

  27. Thank you sven Schneider for opening my eyes for different shoe styles I found a set of double monk strap shoes in dark coffee brown.

  28. Nothing wrong with monk strap dress shoes. The double monks especially are very nice! But, personally, I'm not a huge fan of them. They're just not for me.

  29. Which company would you recommend buying a quality Double Monk Strap from? Are they made with a Goodyear welt? If not, is Blake stitching the norm?

  30. How much of an issue is wear and tear on the straps from fastening and unfastening each time you wear these shoes ? I bought my first pair of double monkstraps in a navy blue. I love them with a nice tidy pair of jeans and shirt, and sport jacket if needed.

  31. A phenomenal video as usual, Sven! I've been a longtime fan of the Gentleman's Gazette and have yet to disappointed by your content!

  32. My first pair of monk straps was a mid brown and my second much more expensive pair were a black. Looks like I'm wearing a lot of charcoal!

  33. You have a problem with your “R”s and your pauses. Do you have a speech problem when you were young?

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