I actually (coincidentally) had the same issue with mine and I took them to a cobbler to get fixed. I'm going to see if the monk straps look good in person, otherwise I'll return them. I'm really losing faith in their shoe quality. I have quite a few pairs from them too. I may just go for the aldens this month and not buy anything for the next month or so. .... Just browsing here and wanted to comment on the design flaw (?) in the J. Crew made in Italy brogues and oxfords. I was going to spring for a pair of Aldens a few months back but decided to just get the J.Crew brogues in lieu. Horrible, horrible decision. As folks have pointed out, after about 10 or so wears (for me), the friction of the leather soles againsts the concrete severed the stitching and the sole is completely detached from the shoe in front. To add insult to injury, they dropped the price of the shoe about fifty bucks right after I got them. I thought J.Crew would enlist the services of possibly a shoe manfufacturer (who the hell makes these things, anyway?) who had the design foresight to see the potential of a major issue early in the shoes life, but apparently not. The shoes are unwearable at this point. What is the re-course as a consumer? My g/f who thinks she is a frickin' JC expert says I don't have any recourse. However some people say they brought this to the attention of J.Crew and they were able to do something about it? The problem is, I would of course take another pair -- but I don't want them. They'll just have the same issue. But just a tough pill to swallow to spend nearly $300 on a pair of piece of shit (sorry, but they are) shoes that literally fell apart after 10 or so wears. oh, and it should go w/o saying -- but don't buy these if you value your money. If you really feel the need, just take the money and flush it down the toilet. Same end result.