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clee1982

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JL William or Chapel, I can say I much prefer Chapel (if I was "forced to choose", I wouldn't get either...)
 

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I think this might be a European vs North American divide. Monks or double monks have been relatively popular in Europe for a while (especially in Northern Europe, including England) , but I don't think they ever achieved popularity in North America.
 

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Really, double monk was all the menswear rage in 2010? Though i guess menswear itself is a niche...
 

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ok, so closer to William (i.e. not like Chapel which is slanted)
 

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I'm outside and can't see the color of those shoes properly. They look like they're navy, but they could be black. I think non-traditional shoe colors (that is, anything that's not black, dark brown, or mid-brown) are often iffy. Tan sometimes works. But strange colors such as blue or red or orange are basically too dandy.

I like single monks, but of the two or three pairs I own, I mostly pass them over in favor of split toes. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. You only know if you like them if you've owned them for a while and see if they resonate with you. I like how they look in Talley's outfit. IMO, a pair of lace-ups would look less jaunty (for lack of a better word).
 

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I'm outside and can't see the color of those shoes properly. They look like they're navy, but they could be black. I think non-traditional shoe colors (that is, anything that's not black, dark brown, or mid-brown) are often iffy. Tan sometimes works. But strange colors such as blue or red or orange are basically too dandy.

I like single monks, but of the two or three pairs I own, I mostly pass them over in favor of split toes. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. You only know if you like them if you've owned them for a while and see if they resonate with you. I like how they look in Talley's outfit. IMO, a pair of lace-ups would look less jaunty (for lack of a better word).
I was just using them as reference haha. Was thinking black suede for the actual pair. But I would agree that I'd take split toes over most other types of shoes.
 

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When I first saw John Lobb double monks on display at Hermes in Paris in the early 80's I was hooked. It took about 15 years to get a pair but they classic and I love mine. They have a subtle elegance compared to many of the more fashiony later brands..
I dont think I will ever sell my JL Chapels in snuff suede. I waited forever to get those and in all the pieces Ive got on consignment, Ive never EVER had a pair come in. Thank you Axels in Colorado for putting those on sale during the recession!
 

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I’m not a monk guy, but black single monk straps can be incredibly elegant, as shown in DWWs photo. Personally I’m still recovering from overexposure to double monks during the menswear era, but it is also a great shoe. I actually think both styles look best with conservative suits, as opposed to the wild, saturated plaids I associate them with.
 

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