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Double Monk Straps

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kturpin, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. kturpin

    kturpin Member

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    I'm looking for a pair of double monk straps for a reasonable price. I'm in Toronto, Canada and so far have only found a fair of brogue cap toe monks at Johnston & Murphy for $460. In short, I'm not a big fan of them but can't find many other double monks in the city... I'm willing to order online, though what I'm finding is well out of my price point at close to $1000. I'd like to find some for < $350.

    Has anyone had any luck online within this price range? Thanks in advance
     
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Well-Known Member

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    You obviously haven't looked very hard...

    Herring, Meermin, Loake.
     
  3. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    Got pairs of Meermin's and Herring's double monks. The Herring Shakespeare II is much more aggressive than the Meermin last and also a little more expensive. Herring delivered in 3 days whereas waiting for Meermin was 2 months. Either of them I'd say was a great choice at this price point, the quality of the leather on the Herrings is rather good - shines up well - and the Meermin suede quality is great too.

    Out of the 2 I'd say Meermin's pair are more versatile due to their rounder and less chiseled shape.
     
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  4. kturpin

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    meister Senior member

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    Carminas are nice and the Lowndes is great too. But if cash is short go the Loakes. Not Shakespeares. Depends how fashion forward you want to go.
     
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  6. Needsmoreshoes

    Needsmoreshoes Senior member

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    I'd have to argue against that. I chose the Herrings over the Loake version. The Herring Shakespeare looks more like the Lowndes and the Loake Cannon is blobby and rather unattractive in my opinion. It's purely opinion mind. Perhaps seeing as I'm arguing for Herring and Meister is arguing for Loake it would be safest to go for Meermin.

    His recommendation for Carmina is a great idea - they look fantastic but it's really an issue of whether or not you can go to their pricepoint.
     
  7. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    Welcome to SF and Toronto (the sarcastic part of the sentence)... There's Holts, Harry's, and Davids and not much else. Try Davids at Bay and Bloor, I think I saw a few pairs of double monks there for around $350-450 or so. Harry's has their house brand shoe that I think there's a double monk for. Other then that, not much that I know of in the city. also, check for the SF retail map...
    https://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msid....099656,-116.218463&spn=108.110111,302.167969

    curious to hear if anyone else knows of other spots.
     
  8. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Allen Edmonds Neumora? I have a pair. I like them.
     
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    Sigh, once again we're here to commiserate over the state of shoe or menswear shopping in Toronto (or Canada in general). Sadly, what M-C said is true: choices are limited BUT there's a strong indication SuitSupply will come to Toronto next year. They offer nice double monks online...Not sure what the quality is of their shoes but the suits usually get positive reviews on here. May be worth the wait. Among the online options, in addition to Meermins, i think Howard Yount would be close to your range, Andrew Lock will be cheaper (at 250, I think). Good luck in your hunt :)
     
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  10. Gonzo

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    +1
     
  11. anginaprinzmetal

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    Howard Yount ... great double monks, right at 350
     
  12. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Barker Hebden / Lancaster? Just a thought. You really have a lot of options at the sub $500 mark that didn't exist a few years ago. Your foot shape and how long you want to wait should help you narrow them down. Godspeed OP.
     
  13. terrorsquad

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    Purchasing direct from Vass can get you a pair for around USD530 which includes shipping and shoe trees. This is the one I got when I was in Budapest but I also bought from them another oair online prior to visiting them.


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  14. jmills

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    [​IMG] Is there a brochure or something? I thought we still had to use a proxy for Vass...
     
  15. terrorsquad

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    I uploaded the catalogue on the Vass thread, you can have a look at the models there.But bear in mind there are bank fees involved as Vass does not accept credit cards, only bank transfer.
     
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  16. kturpin

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    Thanks all. Can anyone speak to the quality of the shoes from Suit Supply? There's not much detail in the item description online.
     
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    I've heard the quality of SS shoes is not particularly good and doesn't live up to that of the rest of their stock so I'd advise you stay away and go for a pair from a shoemaker.
     
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    I would not recommend them, as I own them; they crease quite easily, and the shape looks highly dorky and not sharp. It's a shame, too, at the price! I would defo recommend Meermin!
     
  19. Master-Classter

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    holts is having a 40% off sale right now including select shoes... I think there are a few monks in there.
     
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