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Monk straps: Any regrets?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brandall10, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Longmorn

    Longmorn Senior member

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    I think it's a toss-up between the G&G Mayfair and the Edward Green Westminster. The Mayfair is a bit edgier, the Westminster a bit more classic (although more modern than the Lobbs pictured above).

    If you wear slimmer suits a more classic shoe might help anchor the look and ensure it doesn't look too trendy.

    This series of posts on Die, Workwear!'s blog may be of interest:

    http://dieworkwear.com/post/4004301520/the-double-monks-series-part-i-baller-monks-priced

    http://dieworkwear.com/post/4025122358/the-double-monks-series-part-ii-mid-level-monks

    http://dieworkwear.com/post/4045613581/the-double-monks-series-part-iii-cheap-monks-priced

    http://dieworkwear.com/post/4086119731/the-double-monks-series-part-v-conclusion
     
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  2. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    I agree with this

    Double monks are to fashion forward.
     
  3. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Both of these are dress shoes not casual shoes.
     
  4. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Feet look to small in these, nttiatwwt:D
     
  5. SirGrotius

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    Excellent feedback. Now I'm torn between the G&G and JL Chapel's. Hmmm. I like the G&G MTO options, but having never owned a pair (just tried on) I'm a little concerned.
     
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    In particular, which last to get.
     
  9. JayJay

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    I'm partial to JL William and William II, but I also am a fan of JL St. Crepin 2010. For a single monk, JL's Vale continues to be my all time favorite.
     
  10. thinman

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    The Vale is my favorite, too. I'm still upset they discontinued it before I could snag a pair. :(

    Since I first posted in this thread, I've added two pairs of double monks, so I guess I'm up to nine pairs of monkstraps, and thinking of adding more. The EG Westminster in dark oak and GG Oakham in vintage cherry are calling to me. Monkstraps are my single most frequently wore style of shoe. On average, I probably wear monks or double monks 2-3 times a week.
     
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  11. Longmorn

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    My god, man - that's an obsession! A healthy one, I suppose...

    Which 9?

    And do I understand correctly that the EG Westminster isn't represented at all, or just that you don't have it in Dark Oak?

    Cheers,
    LM
     
  12. thinman

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    Let's see, from memory:

    Black Testoni captoe
    Black Ferragamo Tramezza Filosofo
    Chestnut Brown Ferragamo Tramezza Merald II
    Dark oak EG for RLPL Grants
    Burnt Pine EG Ashby
    Dark brown Mantellassi split toe monks
    Martegani color #6 shell cordovan special order EG Oundle look-alike
    Black Santoni Jadwin double monks
    Dark brown suede DC Lewis Matthew double monks

    All except the Martegani and DC Lewis shoes were purchased on deep discount, from outlet stores, or on ebay. My favorites are the Marteganis, the RLPL Grants, and the two pairs of Tramezzas. I'd really like a pair of milk chocolate suede monks, a pair of brown double monks (hence the Westminster), and I'm obsessed with the swept-back straps of the JL Vale, Chapel and the GG Oakham. I just think the swept-back straps look very sleek and very, very cool.
     
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  14. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    I'm new to monks as my first two pairs have been purchased in the last 30 days:

    EG

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    And my first pair of AE. I wanted to try a monk for something casual. So far I like and I wear them everywhere:

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  15. labravajazz

    labravajazz Senior member

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    Those casual AE monks look good - what model and how is the fit re sizing?

     
  16. Patek

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    They are the AE Lubbock. I ordered my regular size--11.5. They don't fit quite as well as most of my shoes but I purchased them on the recent AE sale for $200 so they fit decently for what they are. The have actually broken in quite nicely and quickly considering they are double soled.
     
  17. labravajazz

    labravajazz Senior member

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    Thanks for that do they run slightly large? Compared to say CJ 10.5 E uk or similar?
     
  18. styleforumfan

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    Does anyone wear double monks with jeans? I'm looking for something casual in tan.
     
  19. thinman

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    I'm wearing a pair of double monks with jeans right now, burgundy punched captoes. They may not be completely appropriate, but I don't care because I'm traveling and they also have dainite soles, so they come on and off easily at airport security and are good in rain and snow.

    Double monks are more casual than single monks and, with a casual leather, they should be fine with jeans. John Lobb sells the William in tan color and what they call buffalo grain leather that would be perfect, depending on your price range.
     
  20. clotheshorse69

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    Are monks considered slippers, technically?
     

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