Having read some of your posts you guys are right - double monks might be a bit too much.
Also - could anyone recommend me a pair of brown driving shoes similar to the ones Patrick Johnson does but at a better price? they're very beautiful, but $400 is a bit steep for what they are.
You could have a look at the DJ's home brand, Milana. They're not too bad. Best bought during their clearance sales.
Might be heresy 'round these here parts, but I don't get too hung up on buying the top name driving shoes. I wear them casually. They're not going to last forever, even the good ones. I'm sure the quality is there, but I'm with you, I just can't get my head around spending $400 on a pair of suede mocs.
(Shock. I even have a pair of Zara ones in a wine colour which cost 50 bucks, in which I have enjoyed several fun, sock less excursions)
If you want the real deal, patience will probably yield the opportunity to grab some at more reasonable prices. Eg in December, Luisa's in MEL had car shoe or Tod's (can't remember, maybe both?) for sub $200 in their sale.