Ever since I discovered SF I've seen a fair few beautiful monk shoes and I think its time for me to invest in one. The only issue is that I have never worn shoes with elastics (with the exception of one chelsea boots) and I'm a bit cautious about it. I think price wise Loake is a good place to start for that reason and I'm thinking getting one of the following: If anyone has any experience of wearing the above please let me know what the quality of leather is like and if they patina well. If you have any alternative suggestions those are welcome too! Thanks in advance.