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post #1 of 13
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Hey everyone, new to the forum here. I'm 25, been in to style for a while but apparently I didn't know what I thought I knew about it until I browsed this forum for a few months.

 

I wanted to start slowly upgrading my wardrobe starting with the shoes, since they're my favorite part. I've got a few Cole Haans right now but the more I read, the more I saw they're not so desirable. I've had one of the pairs for just a few months, worn them four times and they already have ugly creases in the toe area. I'm sure I'll keep them for casual wear since they're still comfortable. I got one on sale, $60. That's pretty worth it for new Cole Haans, right? :-)

What are good suggestions for some a reasonable price on single monk strap shoes? Something to go with navy suits. I don't want something that looks like it's been through the blender after just a few wears, something I can keep for years to come if I treat it right. My price range is just about $300. Preferably suede as well, I've always liked the look of brown suede single monk straps. I'm willing to go a little higher for MTM/bespoke but my guess is they're well out of my price range.

 

Thank you for your help! I look forward to being an active member and eventually contributing.

post #2 of 13

For your price range on double monks you probably want to look at Meermin's http://meermin.es/catalogo2.php?id=3

 

However, if you want to go to just the next notch up, around 500 or so dollars you open yourself up to quite a few options (Carmina for example).  Spending a little extra will get you some leather with a better patina that wears really well over time, but if you buy a decent goodyear welted shoe you can't go too wrong, they should last you for atleast 5 years with enough maintenance.  Good luck on your search, shoes are the favorite part of my wardrobe as well.

post #3 of 13
search for a pair of Mezlan Nello Double Monk Slip-Ons. You can find them on sale for $175 to $250. They come in suede or leather..

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For your price range on double monks you probably want to look at Meermin's http://meermin.es/catalogo2.php?id=3

However, if you want to go to just the next notch up, around 500 or so dollars you open yourself up to quite a few options (Carmina for example).  Spending a little extra will get you some leather with a better patina that wears really well over time, but if you buy a decent goodyear welted shoe you can't go too wrong, they should last you for atleast 5 years with enough maintenance.  Good luck on your search, shoes are the favorite part of my wardrobe as well.


Meermins shipped to your door for $300? lurker[1].gif
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Meermins shipped to your door for $300? lurker[1].gif

He didn't specify his shipping budget ;)

post #6 of 13
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I'm mainly looking for single strap Monks though, not double. And I'm willing to go to $400 if they're pretty much exactly what I want.

post #7 of 13
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http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=1933

Would these be considered reasonable? And long lasting? Not quite the sole I was looking for but those are pretty good looking.

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post #9 of 13
No not Alden without that ridiculous dinky strap.
post #10 of 13

How about these? Not suede, but still nice.

 

http://www.kentwang.com/shoes/handgrade-monkstrap.html

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post #12 of 13
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I like those Church's. What's the brands reputation?

post #13 of 13
I'm surprised you're looking at suede to go with a navy suit when you are basically saying you don't have any nice dress shoes. Suede monks strike me as a good fifth or sixth shoe choice, and not as a "go to" shoe for navy suits. If you are saying $300 is your price range, bite the bullet and spend $150 more for the Kent Wangs. Those are the best single strap monks I've seen.
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