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post #14911 of 20253
They are unmistakably English. However for some reason they always seem to photograph more badly than they deserve. They look way better in person and in larger sizes than smaller ones.
post #14912 of 20253

Gents, I'm considering getting one of the following for a first ideal business casual shoe. I expect to wear it with jeans and chinos.

 

Cognac scotch grain Norweger from NMWA

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vassho005_1_2.jpg

 

Cognac Double Monk in U Last MTO from Vass

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1064-f-cognac_calf-single_sole.jpg?itok=2YB4L2hr

 

Which do you suggest I get? I am leaning towards the double monk as I travel quite a bit and enjoy the ability to slip my shoes on and off, but would like to solicit your opinion.

post #14913 of 20253
The double monk is F last, I would pick that too.
post #14914 of 20253
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Originally Posted by Holy Man View Post

Gents, I'm considering getting one of the following for a first ideal business casual shoe. I expect to wear it with jeans and chinos.

Cognac scotch grain Norweger from NMWA Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
vassho005_1_2.jpg

Cognac Double Monk in U Last MTO from Vass Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1064-f-cognac_calf-single_sole.jpg?itok=2YB4L2hr

Which do you suggest I get? I am leaning towards the double monk as I travel quite a bit and enjoy the ability to slip my shoes on and off, but would like to solicit your opinion.

I'm not a fan of DMs with denim. I have those Norwegers and they are my favorite pair of shoes. Awesome for casual wear and can also easily be worn with a SC.
post #14915 of 20253

First of two new pairs inc tomorrow to London!

 

 

 

 

Second pair is dark brown museum calf OEII and will be here soon.

post #14916 of 20253
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Originally Posted by Holy Man View Post

Gents, I'm considering getting one of the following for a first ideal business casual shoe. I expect to wear it with jeans and chinos.

Cognac scotch grain Norweger from NMWA Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
vassho005_1_2.jpg

Cognac Double Monk in U Last MTO from Vass Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1064-f-cognac_calf-single_sole.jpg?itok=2YB4L2hr

Which do you suggest I get? I am leaning towards the double monk as I travel quite a bit and enjoy the ability to slip my shoes on and off, but would like to solicit your opinion.

I'm in an SF minority but I don't like Norwegers (or split toes generally, or Derby's....or loafers for that matter). That said, if DMs fit properly you shouldn't be able to slip them off - and unbuckling isn't really easier than untying in airport security. I also travel a great deal and not having to remove my shoes at the airport is the best thing about not living in the US.
post #14917 of 20253
That Vass Norweger is a classic, especially in the cognac grain. The cognac calf dbl monk is nothing special, IMHO it has no depth to the color, and I have a pair
post #14918 of 20253
Not sure about the Norweger being a 'business casual' shoe. I think it's particularly casual especially given the scotch grain finish. Nevertheless, if you think it suits your needs then my opinion doesn't really matter. 
 
I had a phase where I would wear nothing but double monks a few years back (I have three pairs and one in cognac!). The beautiful thing about cognac is that its light background allows more burnishing options hence, more personalisation. The captoe on the DM would be a great canvas for this, no so much for the norweger. I like both designs but not the stitching of the uppers of this norweger. Ever considered a pair of scotch grain double-monks?

 

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Originally Posted by Holy Man View Post
 

Gents, I'm considering getting one of the following for a first ideal business casual shoe. I expect to wear it with jeans and chinos.

 

Cognac scotch grain Norweger from NMWA

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
vassho005_1_2.jpg

 

Cognac Double Monk in U Last MTO from Vass

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1064-f-cognac_calf-single_sole.jpg?itok=2YB4L2hr

 

Which do you suggest I get? I am leaning towards the double monk as I travel quite a bit and enjoy the ability to slip my shoes on and off, but would like to solicit your opinion.

post #14919 of 20253
No, I haven't, but I think it might be a bit too overwhelming with the captoe and the double straps.
post #14920 of 20253
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Originally Posted by wurger View Post

The double monk is F last, I would pick that too.

I couldn't find a photo of the Cognac double monks in U Last on their Website, but I think the U Last will work better on a DM.
post #14921 of 20253
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Originally Posted by hazwanazani View Post
 

 

I think Hazwanazni spot on with his recommendation. No doubt there's a touch more workmanship involved with the stitching to the Norweger uppers. They are both great design selected by NMWA - but the DM in Cognac is a touch more versatile with regards to burnishing, and functional if you travel much.  Take both pairs if you can :-)

 

"The beautiful thing about cognac is that its light background allows more burnishing options hence, more personalisation. The captoe on the DM would be a great canvas for this, no so much for the norweger. I like both designs but not the stitching of the uppers of this norweger. Ever considered a pair of scotch grain double-monks?"

post #14922 of 20253
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Originally Posted by Holy Man View Post
 

 

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Which do you suggest I get? I am leaning towards the double monk as I travel quite a bit and enjoy the ability to slip my shoes on and off, but would like to solicit your opinion.

I agree with the gentlemen above who said that if the DMs fit properly, you should not be able to slip into it that easily without unbuckling it. I prefer loafers for  flight and travel, just not loafers from Vass. Perhaps the monks you own are those with a slight bit of elastic on the straps that facilitate that without unbuckling the strap

 

Just to share my personal experience, the Vass monks do not have the elastic component, I have to remove the top buckle to slip on and off the shoe, and I have a low instep so those with higher instep would find it even more challenging. In this regard, it is quite slow to remove and strap the buckle back on. I find that the blucher type split toe would be speedier of the two. 

post #14923 of 20253

I cannot even contemplate being able to stuff my foot into a fully buckled double monk.  And I wouldn't do it if I could.  Not sure where the notion took root that monks are essentially  loafers, but it's not the first time I've heard it.

post #14924 of 20253
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I cannot even contemplate being able to stuff my foot into a fully buckled double monk.  And I wouldn't do it if I could.  Not sure where the notion took root that monks are essentially  loafers, but it's not the first time I've heard it.
I was under the impression that any shoe without laces is considered a loafer.

I'm with you, though, Roger.
post #14925 of 20253
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post


I was under the impression that any shoe without laces is considered a loafer.

I'm with you, though, Roger.

So a lazyman model is a loafer too?.

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