Double Monks arrived today so thought I'd post some first impressions and a few pics - just a message to those ordering these took 60 days to arrive (Which I have no major issues with really) but if you are going to order be prepared for a hefty wait, I assume they've just been struck by high demand.
Value - £150 total including shipping - I've got a pair of Herring's double monks - Shakespeare II - that were a good £50 more expensive and I'd have to say these are without a doubt as if not more solidly constructed (though not as comfortable from first wear).
Construction - Suede seems top notch, few scuffs from travel but nothing a good brush won't iron out. Suede is from Charles Stead the same maker who supplies Alden, I am led to believe, and it seems of good quality with a thick nap and deep colour. The welt stitching is what seems more solid than the Herrings, no fraying, irregular stitches or pulling up of the toe off the welt as some have seen in this thread - mainly with the chukkas. Sole is faux Dainite but in comparison to the Dainite of my AS longwings is of no difference at all which is a good sign as they've been going strong without a resole for a good year with very regular wear. This may seem a totally minor point but the buckles don't feel wiry or tinny and lack the frankly unnecessary antiquing that so annoyed me with the Shakespeare.
Last - Sleek but not conspicuous. The toe in my opinion has a perfect almond shape that I feel meets perfectly in the middle of McNairy's blobby monstrosities and the more aggressive Lowndes toe.
Comfort - As I mentioned they aren't as immediately comfortable as my Herrings and do feel a little snug but I think suitably thick socks coupled with regular wear should stretch these out a little though I might ask for a half size up. (anybody else who felt theirs were a little snug manage to stretch them out a little?) I assume they'll only become more comfortable over time and should provide a large amount of wear.
I hope they release some balmoral boots with a suede upper for winter now as I'd definitely buy from them again.