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suggestions for double monk strap shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tcideneb, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. tcideneb

    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    Hi Everyone, just joined this Forum.. been looking around here as well the web and im keen to purchase a double monk strap shoe. In terms of style, thus far I tend to like the Williem from JL or the Ramsey from the AS exclusive range. I am looking a specific colour, well I would like to get that shoe in a specific colour (deep red / cherry colour - hard to describe) and I was wondering if one can get that as part of the AS exclusive range? or will that be classed the handgrade range which I understand to be more expensive? I learning towards AS as I think they would be relatively cheaper than JL.

    I am open to any suggestions of other brands if anyone has any.

    Also, does anyone know if AS factory is open to visit for a mini tour? I intend to visit northampton in a few months during the British GP, and I would like to visit some of the traditional English shoe makers and see how they ply their craft.

    Thank you in advance
     


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    donjuan17 Senior member

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    What's your price range?
     


  3. tcideneb

    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I would say max £600? I know the JL william is about £650.

    Thanks
     


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    donjuan17 Senior member

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    Give Carmina a look. It's a solid Double Monk.
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    I myself just bought a pair of Magnanni DMs. Only set me back about $350 and it's a good shoe.
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    Another good brand for DMs is Maurizi and Bontoni
     


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    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. Just a question I. EG. They only make the Westminster in an F fitting. I have a pair of churches and they are a G fit. Does this mean that the Westminster is arguably too narrow for me? They do not produce a G fit.

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    Canali: The ultimate DB Monk! (for the specified price range) And it has a Vibram sole

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    The great thing I like about Canali shoes is that they have very solid construction for a "fashion brand"; often times goodyear welted.
     
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    And this is nicer than Carmina how? Because it has a vibram sole?
     


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    FIFTY
     


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    EG F fittings is their wide fitting it should fit similar to Church's G fitting. You can always do a MTO but it does take a few months and carries a up charge.
     


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    Well for one, it's cheaper than Carmina (which rarely goes on sale). So when looking at value-for-money, I'd go for the Canali.
    Less handwork construction wise, but comparable leather quality.
    Most Canali shoes I've seen are GY welted, and some have a Norvegese welt.
    Although a vibram sole might only be worth $30-$50, It's still a nice feature to have for Fall weather.

    That being said, my dream monk would be the JL Chapel.
     


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    So tcideneb, what double monk did you decide on?

    I am in the same boat, so to speak, and I am running with the AS Ramsey after weeks of decision making procrastination and investigation of various shoes.
     


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    tcideneb Well-Known Member

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    Hi! No decision made yet. I emailed AS but they did not respond.. I'm thinking about popping into Edward green to try them out. They seem to have a good selection of colours. Keep you posted though!
     


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