Double Monk Strap – The One Shoe Every Guy Should Own
Gentlemen! This shoe has been described as the “most advanced” dress shoe. It’s not for mere mortals… Only the true stylish gentlemen can pull it off with such effortless elegance. It’s called the Double Monk Strap shoe.
The double monk strap shoe is the dress shoe of the season…two straps, two buckles…they are the hottest trend in men’s shoes. Wearing one is a great way to stand out from the crowd. But I must really warn you – not just any man can pull off the look – only the bold stylish gentleman can.
It is my favorite style of shoe and a great shoe for any occasion. It goes with just about anything and always looks sharp. I wear it with my business suits, for a lot of business casual occasions as well as when I’m dressed in chinos or dark colored jeans.
If you are one of the few stylish gentlemen who does not yet own a double monk strap shoe, I have one question for you:
Isn’t it time you joined the order of the monk strap?
Here are 3 Reasons Why You Should Own a Double Monk Strap Shoe
1. EVERYONE WILL RESPECT YOU SAME WAY THEY ALL RESPECT MONKS & KINGS
Monks are respected by everyone and in case you do not know, this shoe first gained popularity among Monks in Europe centuries ago. Instead of laces, monks have their characteristic buckles and so the shoe was adopted since it was more protective than the buckle sandals they normally wore.
When you wear a double monk strap shoe, you feel like a king, you walk like a king, you sit like a king and in turn, people will accord you the respect a king deserves.
2. YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE STYLISH GENTLEMEN CLUB
If you are looking for that one shoe that will instantly boost your style rating and make you look and feel like a True Stylish Boss, it’s the double monk strap shoe.
So let’s say you find yourself stuck in middle management or lower than that in your place of work, wondering how you can polish your outfit in order to look and feel like a true stylish gentleman, it’s very easy – own a Double Monk Strap shoe.
3. THEY ARE VERSATILE AND EASY TO WEAR
They are a very versatile option that can be dressed up with formal wear or with your most dapper of suits. Also, they can be dressed down for a more casual occasion in jeans or chinos.
When wearing jeans or chinos you can choose to cuff the bottom for a preppy stylish look. A popular trend is leaving one of the buckles loose to give it that sleek, stylish casual touch as you can see in this picture above.
STYLES, COLORS & HOW TO WEAR THE DOUBLE MONK STRAP SHOE
A) It comes in a wide variety of styles and different shades of colors such as Tan, Dark Brown, Reddish Brown and Burgundy.
For your first monk strap shoe, I suggest you go for the dark brown or reddish brown which you can wear with many outfits.
B) In terms of material, some come in suede leather, patent leather or regular leather.
A suede leather is perfect for a casual or business casual occasion and can come in other different colors such as navy blue, brown, red, power blue etc.
- I would recommend going with a chocolate brown suede leather or regular leather for a simple casual occasion.
- For a formal occasion, you should wear a black regular or patent leather.
- Never wear a black colored double monk strap shoe with jeans or chinos except it’s with a black jeans/chinos. As much as possible, wear black for only formal or semi-formal occasions.
C) In terms of design, they come mostly in Cap Toe, sometimes in Plain toe, occasionally Brogued, and is popular in Suede.
D) Do you know the most amazing smart casual style of double monk strap shoe, it’s the DOUBLE MONK LOAFERS.
It’s the laid back type of the double monk strap shoe family. With a simple slip-on style, buckle, and leather soles, it’s somewhat modern and it’s a classic style for sartorially inclined gentlemen. The best thing about this shoe is that – you can match it with everything from suits, traditional native attires, jeans etc.
E) And there are the mixed colored types as well…
F) In terms of how to wear them, first, you should know that you can wear them with or without socks.
For a more casual or business casual, you can go sock-less however, make sure there is a slight break in your pants – stick to NO BREAK OR HALF BREAK and ensure the width of the bottom of your trouser is quite slim somewhere between 14 and 15 inches in circumference.
For a formal or business formal occasion, you should always wear it with socks. A solid black, navy or grey socks are perfect for formal or business formal occasions while an argyle, printed or spotty socks is also a good option for business casual or casual occasions.
So that’s it gentlemen– the double monk strap shoe is the most stylish shoe a man can own. It scores 100% in terms of versatility and style. The next time you’re out shopping for a pair of quality leather dress shoes, don’t forget about the double monk strap shoe.
One last thing you’ll need is a shoe horn. This is necessary in order to preserve the shape and structure of the shoe especially since this shoe doesn’t have laces. To use this – Place your heel on top and slide your foot/heel on the shoe horn. Remove the shoe horn when your foot is fully inside the shoe. Don’t forget to place shoe trees in your shoes when you’re not wearing them.
If you’d like to know the 3 shoes every gentleman must have, check out this related article below:
READ MORE: 3 SHOES EVERY GENTLEMAN CAN OWN
And don’t forget to also read: 12 Belt Rules Every Man Should Know.
Yeah…I know you are already aware that your belt and dress shoe must always match, but do you also know that the metal color of your double monk strap shoe, your tie bar, and your cufflinks should also match? I guess not… Alright, FIND OUT MORE.
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Thanks, as always, for reading. Until next time gentlemen – Stay Classy!
Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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