Ultimate Guide to Double Monk Strap Dress Shoes | How To Buy A Pair Double Monks | Buying Monk-Strap

Ultimate Guide to Double Monk Strap Dress Shoes | How To Buy A Pair Double Monks | Buying Monk-Strap

Ultimate Guide to Double Monk Strap Dress
Shoes How To Buy A Pair Double Monks Buying Monk-Strap [0:00:00] Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Today, gentlemen, we’re going to be talking about the double monk
strap, how to go out there and identify the double monk strap. We’re going to talk about
the history of the double monk strap and we’re going to talk about how it can fit in your
wardrobe. I’ve got a quick question for you. Before
we get into this video, gentlemen, go in the comments down below. Let me know where do
you think in the number of shoes the first pair of shoes you should buy. What do you
think it should be, the second pair, the third pair, the fourth pair and the fifth pair,
and where do you think a pair of double monk straps falls? Does it fall on the first five
pairs or does it fall out or is it the first pair you should buy? I’m just curious, gentlemen.
I have my answer and I’ll reveal it at the end, but I’d love to hear from you. Now, this is brought to you by Paul Evans.
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the quality — handmade, beautiful shoes they’re providing made in Italy. All right, guys,
let’s get into the content. Some of you guys are wondering, “Okay, Antonio,
you’re talking about the double monk strap. What about just the regular monk strap?” Good
question. This is a single monk strap or basically a single strap. We’ve got the buckle and that
is the easiest thing to identify. Now, where does this come from? Where do buckles and
the whole idea of the strap come from on shoes? It actually goes back almost a thousand years. If we go into religious orders, they wore
sandals quite a bit, but these guys did a lot of work, so the monks came up with the
idea. “Hey, let’s wear a pair of shoes” that are a pair of footwear — they didn’t have
truly shoes the way we define them now — that actually had a piece of leather that covered
the top of their foot and protected their feet. This was the origin of the monk strap.
It was held with a strap at the time and we’ve seen these things go in and out of style over
time. In fact, if you go to the inauguration of
George Washington, he actually had buckles on his shoes that had a little bit of diamond
in crust. It’s interesting because within 30 or 40 years later, we had a very big shift
in terms of men’s style and people weren’t wearing buckles with diamonds on them like
George Washington was. The key with the double monk is that this
right here has the two straps, and now we’re going to get into part two. We’ve talked a
little bit about the history. Let’s talk about the features. The key identifier is going
to be the buckle. This should undo, but one thing on most modern designs is this isn’t
actually what holds it. There’s going to be a little bit of an elastic in here, which
is going to make it much more comfortable whenever you’re wearing this. The other features, a heel. All monk straps
are going to have — modern interpretations are going to have a heel. With that, you’re
going to see these come in a wide variety of different uppers, so this one right here
is a simple, plain leather, but you’ll see cap toes. You’re going to see these in suede.
You’ll see them with a bit of broguing on them as well. The design, you’re also going
to see boots come as monk straps, so that’s common. When it comes to formality between the single
and the double, the single is going to be a little bit more formal and the reason being
is with the double monk, we’re going to have this extra large size of leather, although
historically this is probably going to be more accurate to what used to be worn if you
go back hundreds of years because it actually has that bigger chunk of leather that covers
the upper. We’ve talked about the history. We’ve talked
about some of the features. Where is this going to fit in your wardrobe? Hopefully you
guys have gone down below and you’ve put down what number you think this is going to fit
into your wardrobe. In my opinion, this is the number three or could be the number three
shoe that you go out there and purchase when you’re building an interchangeable wardrobe. I’m going to say that you could go back and
forth. You could say, “I’m going to have a nice pair of chukkas. That’s going to be my
number three.” I understand, but one thing I really love about the double monk strap
is where it falls in level of formality. It is not as formal as my number one choice,
which is going to be a classic pair of Oxfords. These have a close lacing system and these
you can wear, if they were in black and well-polished, with a black tie or with any suit to an interview. With this one right here, which would be my
number two, which is a Derby which has the open lace system, this right here is going
to be the number two pair of shoes that I think a man should have in his wardrobe. But
the number three, all of a sudden, you can start bringing in a wide variety. [0:05:00] Why I like the double monk strap — and it
could be three, four, five, any of those I think is going to be fine — is if you travel,
this is a beautiful shoe to be able to slip on, slip off. It’s incredibly versatile, so
you can wear this with a casual suit. Now, you’re probably not going to want to wear
this in an interview, but you could get away with it. You’re probably going to want to
wear this more with sports jackets, odd trousers, gray flannels are a great option, but you
can dress this down especially the double monk. You could wear this with a pair of dark
colored jeans and a sweater. What does that tell you if you’re a traveler
and in terms of where it fits in your wardrobe? It’s incredibly versatile and you can pack
lighter. So something like this is a great travel shoe. I’m a big fan of the monk strap.
Now, go check out the article, guys. I’m going to link to it down below over at Real Men
Real Style. I go into a lot more detail in the article and hopefully you’ve enjoyed this. Now, guys, if you’ve got any questions, make
sure you leave them down below and go check out Paul Evans. They’ve done a great job sponsoring
this video and they make a quality product, again, great customer service. Go check them
out. Take care. Bye-bye. [0:06:18] End of Audio

100 Replies to “Ultimate Guide to Double Monk Strap Dress Shoes | How To Buy A Pair Double Monks | Buying Monk-Strap”

  1. I got a pair of Bally Monkstraps selling on ebay for £150. I personally hope they don't sell because I want them for myself.

  2. Double Monk Traps was my first pair of shoes and I never regret for buying it. It's fit very well and suit my age.

  3. 3rd or 4th after a pair of black toe cap oxfords and a pair of semi brogues. It's more likely that I would add a pair of boots to my wardrobe first as in terms of function there is more overlap/redundancy between my brogues and the monks.

    Another reason I would opt for a pair of boots first is that I prefer to 'weather proof' boots as opposed to shoes and it gives you a wet weather option. You can buy all kinds of shoes with a dainite sole these days but I prefer them on boots.

    That said, I am a big fan of monk shoes and I currently have my eye on a pair of cedar calf monks with broguing on the toe cap and strap.

  4. Can I wear a black single monk strap with a dark pair of jeans? The shoe are plain with no cap toe. I've searched for a guide on single monk straps online but there seems to be not a whole lot of information on how to wear them. Could you do a video on them? (After you answer my question of course :P)

  5. One thing I never understood is why everyone on youtube advises to have black oxfords as the First Pair of dress shoes a man should buy, even though its the least versatile kind of shoe and goes with minimal number of outfits. Clearly, our first peace of anything should be as versatile as possible, to facilitate as many outfits as possible, because we only have that one piece (one pair of dress shoes) in the beginning.

    Most men in the western world dress formal far less often than casual. Hence, in my view, most people's first pair should be some kind of derbies, with some brogue, some shade of brown. So that they can put them to immediate use and start practicing their style instincts, and pairing those derbies with this and with that, and with jeans, and suits, and odd trousers, and chinos, and even with shorts etc.. Something they could never even dream of doing with super formal black Oxfords and their first and only pair of dress shoes.. no?

  6. I saw the sleekest, most luxurious looking pair of navy blue suede double monk straps with silver buckles in italy the other day. Hand sewn and made with italian leather. Too bad they were almost 600$…

  7. first shoe to buy? navy suede derbies. 2nd – brown suede chukkas and 3rd would be the monk straps. as you've probably noticed, I have a slight obsession with suede shoes haha

  8. I started off with oxfords/derby's and now have a pair double monk straps. They hold a close tie at number 3 for me along with a pair of chukka's.

  9. I just bought a pair of Monk Strap Shoes today. I think these would go number 3 also. Even though they are technically my first pair, but I will put them at 3.

  10. Shoes are one of the lesser utilized investments a man can make to bolster other's first impression of him.  This helps men in all aspects of life.  My personal shoe order went:  1. Black oxford cap toe.  Must have goes with near everything.  2. Dark brown derby cap toe.  Goes with the rest of everything.  3. Light brown oxford semi-brogue.  Snazzy change-up.  4. Brown/burgundy loafer.  Great for airports and casual.  5. Oxblood single monk strap.  Depending on pant break, can look like a whole cut.  Causes the most jaw drops.  All Allen Edmonds.  Lifetime shoes that will set a man apart… partly from your wallet, but quality craft has a price.

  11. Real men real style? More like, lets have a point of view of an american-guy. This is not the fashion in Europe. Sadly, the sweater you´re wearing is also SUPER-american – oversized and just plain. But those dark jeans you put up a picture of, those…

  12. Quick Question: Do you think the double monk strap shoe is a good update shoe for an upper level college student? I am interested in purchasing a medium quality (Price max $100) causal/everyday shoe. I love the style and versatility of this shoe.

    I think a bright brown pair of double monk strap would be my number one pair of shoes. This shoe is stylish and versatile; so, as a budgeting college student I may be able to get more out of this shoe.

  13. I love my double monk straps, I think they would be a great 2nd pair for versatility, after an oxford because the right pair could go from suit down to causal jeans, but from personal experimentation they don't work at all with shorts haha. Great video as always Antonio.

  14. My order of buying shoes

    1) Oxford Dress Shoes in Black
    2) Wing Tip Brown Dress Shoes
    3) Boat Shoes in Brown
    4) Double Monk Straps in Oxblood
    5) Boots (Maybe a pair of Dr. Martens in Cherry Red or Timberland Boots in Tan)

  15. 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

  16. I own a pair of grey, double monk strap shoes. When and how would it be appropriate to wear these. Thanks and love the videos tutorials.

  17. I can't believe someone can take so much exhausting time to describe and analyse one shoe. The exaggeration was phenomenal n mind blowing

  18. They were my 1st pair. I've since bought black Oxfords, but my dark chili DMs are my favorite shoes and work best with most of my wardrobe. I also get the most compliments when wearing them.

  19. 1. double monk strap 2.chukkas. those are the only two dress shoes I have but I prefer the double monk strap

  20. Yes Antonio! thanks! Im planning to order Double Monk shoes. with nice medium brown (chestnut) and its pebble/grain leather so beautiful In my opinion! I've already got derby shoes AND Chelsea Boots. I dont love the oxfords, black oxford is classic and good but very formal most formal almost…. So i'll get those later

  21. 1. Black and brown Oxfords
    2. Brown wing brogues (brogues, semi brogues)
    3. Brown duble mongstraps
    4. Brown wing butes (brogues, semi brogues)
    5. Brown loafers
    I like wings the most.
    Have a nice day Antonio.

  22. 400$ for shoes is underpriced? Here in Bulgaria, most of the people work for 300$ per month… 400$ for shoes is overpriced. And actually a lot of Italian shoes are made here in BG, from the same people who work for 300$.

  23. Hi Antonio, I love your videos and learned a lot. I just want to ask u how to put on/take off monk straps shoes ??? I just bought double monks from Johnston and Murphy and I don't want to spoil the buckle and the strap. I want them to last for a long time. Please reply


  24. Of course it depends on each person, but for me monks would be on the first or second place talking about dress shoe along with wingtips (dark brown or mid brown)

  25. I already own a pair of Black Single monk strap shoes, is it alright buy a pair of Brown Double monk Straps. Please suggest…!

  26. Plan to purchase a double monk but undecided whether to go for one with or without cap toe, e.g. Paul Evans Poitier or Burton Double Monk Marrone. Intend to use as a casual shoes. Appreciate yr advice. Thanks

  27. 1.Black Cap.Toe Oxford
    2.Brown Derby Brogue( l like the Semi Brougue, But go for a wingtip or Longwing if that's your style)
    3. Burgundy Penny Loafer
    4.Dark Brown Double Monk Strap
    5.Tan Chukka Boot

  28. @realmenrealstyle Antonio, I have a question i hope you can answer. Please humor me with the comment length lol. I have recently been promoted to salaried management at the retail company I work for. And during this process i have decided to make a major change in my life, and start dressing my age. Being 29, almost 30, i've always wanted to be someone that others would be able to respect at first glance, and due to your videos i feel i have come a long way in making it so. I'm presenting the best first impression and representing myself, my wife, and my 6 month old daughter with respect and dignity. That being said, im still a newcomer to this mindset and am on a VERY tight budget with the little girl just coming rather recently. My question is, when trying to purchase a new pair of dress shoes i'm trying to consider a shoe i could wear to work in dress uniform, typically a blue dress shirt, black dress pants, and a vest they provide (i'll let you guess which retailer i work at ha ) and in personal life, especially due to the cool weather coming, i like to wear dark wash jeans, with tucked in dress shirt and rolled up sleeves, or short sleeve oxford, moving towards a leather jacket or peacoat as the winter approaches… I have come to the thought that maybe an oxblood double monk strap shoe would fit the role i require, would you agree? and if not would you be able to suggest an alternative pair instead? Im just concerned that the dark brown color wouldnt work well with the varying colors of blue i'd have to wear while at work. Any help given would be greatly appreciated, and thank you for all the information you've provided thus far, your videos have come a long way, and are fantastic keep them coming, please. 🙂

  29. 1.Dress boots with fullwing
    2.Commando sold shoes
    3.Combat boots
    4.wingtip loafers
    6.brogue monk strap
    Never Sneakers

  30. I'm a professional artist. For me, the double monk is number two..or maybe three on the list. If I were a banker or lawyer,…I'm guessing the monk would be about number 7 or 8 on the list.