Monk straps: Any regrets?

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  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    +1

    I don't really know anyone else who has a pair (double monks) so I always get compliments on them. They are my favorite pair. Oddly enough, I don't like single monks.


    +1 despite having both.

    Dump GF, get monks. Snuggle into SF's bosom for comfort.

    SF... a wonderful but brutal place.....
     


  3. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    I don't know too much about C & J -- fine shoes I'm sure -- but I'm a Church's man, and I would strongly advise first trying on the pair you're contemplating. There is something especially tricky about a monk strap. Careful of the largish, SF-approved models, with elegant, long tapered lasts that end up looking like m'f'ing gunboats on your person. I like the Westbury and the Beckett models from Church's. The new 173 last is an improvement on the earlier, somewhat clunky 100 last. Monks do look good with jeans, are still pretty rare in the US, and really only start looking great when thoroughly broken in. I aver, choose based on the all-important and subtle last shape in your Northampton shoes, regardless of brand.
     


  4. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I have two pairs that are now a couple years old, but have worn each pair only once. I like them and am glad I have them, especially the Lobb Vale, although I thought I would have worn them much more by now.
     


  5. elgreco

    elgreco Senior member

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    I fully endorse monks. I'll add mine to this "shoegaze" thread. C&J Malverns on 341 last: [​IMG]
     


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    cimabue Senior member

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  7. artoftime

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    I'm up to 6 pair of double monks and can't find enough of them. Single monks as well - fantastic - you will not regret.
    Buy a pair in black, beat the hell out of them and leave them unbuckled and the indie chick will approve
     


  8. luftvier

    luftvier Senior member

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    My wife always told me that monks looked like a homosexual man's shoes.

    Then I bought a pair of brown suede AE Standish.

    She's convinced.

    Now I just have to convince her about the Florsheim Imperial Longwings i picked up today.
     


  9. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Must be confident to wear said monk,
    will draw attention,
    funny shoe for many people.
    Me like the attention they draw,
    keep people guessing.
    Me only got 6 pair,
    hard to find high instep,
    no double monks
     


  10. Jacksan

    Jacksan Active Member

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    I have several pair: 2 pairs of JL Vales (most recent sale, chestnut and black), black Chapels, and burgundy Ashills. I got them for more casual wear, but find myself wearing them more than my oxfords with my suits. I haven't regretted any of the purchases. People comment on them all the time, I guess I'd have to concur with you that they are not common in San Diego...
     


  11. Texasmade

    Texasmade Senior member

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    I got the JL Vale, JL Chapel, and the Corthay Arca Boucle. Not a single regret for any of them.
     


  12. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    My Harris double monk. I wear them with grey slacks and black jeans.

    [​IMG]

    My next pair will be brown, and a little less pointy.
     


  13. glenjay

    glenjay Senior member

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    No regrets either.......[​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    Regards.


    Shikar, that monk in the middle wouldn't happen to be a JLP in a US 11.5 would it?
     


  14. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Senior member

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    ha. i was looking at those same lowndes on ebay, but decided against it. glad someone else here went for em.
     


  15. Shikar

    Shikar Senior member

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    Shikar, those monks wouldn't all happen to be JL in US 11.5 would it?
    Fixed. Yes, they would...[​IMG] Regard
     


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