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post #121 of 135
I think you might have to increase the budget. Really got an urge for dub monks?
post #122 of 135
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I don't have a good casual shoe. 

post #123 of 135
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Okay, I have $150 to spend on a pair of double monk straps. Suggestions?

 

http://andrewlockshoes.com/collections/83313-benchgrade-shoes/products/389942-the-double-monk

post #124 of 135
Thread Starter 

Hm, never heard of this company before. Nice they are Goodyear Welted. For whatever reason they don't appeal to me though. Appreciate the suggestion!

post #125 of 135

That's because it's a small company started by a member here on SF. 

post #126 of 135

These are the only other ones of acceptable quality that come close to your price point. Cost increases greatly from here.

 

https://www.meermin.es/catalogo.php?idFamilia4=3&idFamilia3=1

post #127 of 135
CM coming up big!
post #128 of 135
Thread Starter 

I DO like these. 

 

https://www.meermin.es/articulo.php?idArt=4673

 

But that's 25 over what I have, plus 35 for shipping and not sure what for taxes. If I have to return it, it's on my dime and I am not sure about fit for these shoes. I'm really wary of ordering something overseas with such limited funds. I could save more and try it out, I suppose. I'll have to think about it. 

 

There is this Johnston & Murphy shoe

 

http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/conard-double-monk-strap/9489.html?dwvar_9489_color=Mahogany%20Calfskin&dwvar_9489_width=M#q=double+monk+strap&start=1

 

J&M is local and I can actually go to one of the stores and try it on. 

post #129 of 135

Johnston & Murphy is not good. Especially when you compare it with Andrew Lock and Meermin. Honestly, those shoes look like garbage. I can understand if those other brands don't appeal to you for various reasons, but they are far superior to that J & M shoe.

post #130 of 135
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Oh the Meermin DOES appeal to me. I'm concerned about fit and cost. 

 

I've heard good things about J&M aside from whether the shoe looks good or not. Are you saying the construction is not good either? 

post #131 of 135

Look closely at it. The coloring is blotchy and uneven, the leather looks sub-par (remember; not all calf is created equal), and that rubber sole is noxious. J & M utilizes something called "Bondwelt" construction and I've never heard a good answer as to what, exactly, that is. I would guess that it involves some kind of gluing though. With the other options available this shoe is overpriced. 

post #132 of 135
Thread Starter 

Ok, I see it - makes sense. Sounds like it's either the Meermin, or scour eBay for a deal. 

post #133 of 135
Thread Starter 

Still struggling to find canvas kicks, seems a lot of stuff is either sold out in my size, or just not out yet. Here's two one Vans Era 59

 

Maybe the silver sconce...

 

http://www.zappos.com/vans-era-59

 

What about the classic Vans slip on? Is that TOO casual? Is it more of a beach shoe or something?

 

http://www.zappos.com/vans-classic-slip-on-wild-dove-true-white

post #134 of 135

You are struggling to find canvas shoes? Really? Dude, just go to the Woodfield Mall and walk around for 5 minutes. They even have a Vans store.

post #135 of 135
Thread Starter 

LOL - yeah, maybe "struggle" is too strong a word! :D I more meant I am not sure which one to pick - not availability. The Vans store in Woodfield is pretty pricey though. I can do better on Zappos for example, and the ones I wanted are not available in my size. The markup at the Woodfield store is a good 20% or more. 

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