Originally Posted by acousticfoodie
Gona hijack this related thread -
Got my first pair of monk straps (the double variety). Anyone else here have uneven feet and buckle their straps differently between their left and right foot? Additionally, how tight do you guys prefer to buckle your straps? I usually like a nice snug fit when I lace up, but double monk straps feel more fragile that their lace up brethren, especially since their is no metal ring reinforcement behind the eyelets like my other shoes.
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I find my own feet to be symmetrical enough that my monks (left & right) are tightened on the same eyelet. Everyone will have their own preferences ofcourse.
Over-tightening is what causes stress on the eyelets. Maintain your leather with periodic applications of leather conditioner to maintain maximum elasticity and leather strength and it is unlikely to have any problem with the straps breaking. Once every 2 months should be sufficient and apply the leather lotion sparingly.