suggestions for double monk strap shoes

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  1. LeeW

    LeeW Member

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    What ever you do don't buy the AS Ramsey in Oak. Mine have just arrived and disappointment is an understatement. The craftsmanship is ordinary (terrible stitching on the straps- crooked and even crossed, the cutting is poor on the top flap (excuse the incorrect terminology) and there are areas which havent even been touched by leather dye! I thought I would give AS a go on the basis that I have several pairs of C&J and I didnt like the length of the C&J Lowndes. I am sending them back to a Fine Pair of Shoes disgusted!
     


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    Some pictures supporting your claims would be great.
     


  3. dddrees

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    I would highly recomend a pair of John Lobbs. I've never seen anything like the leather they use. Very supple, and they have a whole range of monk styles to chose from.

    I just recieved my William IIs the other day. Don't forget to include a pair of there shoe trees in your budget as well.
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  4. RogerP

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    I just picked up this Vass pair in a deep oxblood

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    At night they look black. Very happy with every aspect the shoe, but particularly the style. Double momks can sometimes look a bit on the clunky side, even as compared with single monks. These are quite sleek.
     
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  5. Erik Vegas

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    I own an Alfred Sargent MTO double monk and have different facts from you: great craftsmanship, leather, dye etc. I love these shoes ! From the forum reviews and my shoes I have the opinion that your experience is an exception rather than the norm .
     


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    The only word running through my mind is "Perfection."
     


  7. dddrees

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    Thank you sir.
     


  8. LeeW

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    I retract my comment stating 'What ever you do don't buy AS Ramsey' or words to this effect. What I should have written is that I am not impressed with the standard of the shoes... This is in no way a reflection of the very professional business of 'A Fine pair of Shoes' in the UK.

    I expected these shoes to exhibit the attention to detail of the standard of C&J...which by drawing a comparison the pictures speak louder than words. This pair of shoes could be a one off though, although for $600 shoes it was not expected.

    I hopefully have attached a few photos successfully below for comparison or discussion.
     


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    Here are a few photos as requested. Hopefully you can clearly see faulty stitching, un dyed exposed areas of leather, un trimmed leather, exposed welt joins. Not to be expected from a $600 pair of shoes I would have thought. These shoes are by no means a direct reflection of the exemplary service of 'A Fine air of Shoes' in the UK. I am hoping that these shoes have just managed to slide through quality control on a Friday afternoon and that they are the exception rather than the rule...

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    Intriguing that I have supplied photos to 'support my claim' and no one has commented. Surely this is not an 'open and now closed' case...
     


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    I'm also looking for a pair of monk straps, preferably in burgundy. I also don't want to spend an arm and a leg. Any reputable brands for under 250?
     


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    I'm craving the Meermin Linea Maestro monkstraps. 260EUR for handwelted top-of-the-range calf and a medallion toe seems pretty sexy to me. Only thing I don't like is that I wish the brown one had brass buckles instead of steel.
     
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