Which pair of brown shoes -- double monks or derbies?

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  1. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    I'm feeling another pair of brown dress shoes. I have brown oxfords and brogues, already.

    I wear dress shoes mostly with slim trousers and dress shirts or suits. Occasionally, I'd consider with dressy jeans, too.

    Both are goodyear welted, which I love.

    Derbies:

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    Monks:

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    Thanks for any thoughts!
     
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  2. kungapa

    kungapa Senior member

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    What is up with the toe of the derbies, pun intended.
     


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    xMaximex Well-Known Member

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    Since you have brown oxfords and brogues, I would go with the double monks.
     


  5. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    I'm going to swim against the stream here and say a 'no' on the monks. Thing is, the Lobb monks do look nice and sleek, but doubles are actually a pain in the butt. Those double buckles make the shoes damned inconvenient to take on and off, and it's also in the nature of strap and buckles that they don't work well cinching around set diameters- and a foot doesn't have much give in it, or at least not my foot. Which means no matter what hole you cinch it to it'll almost always be a little bit too tight, or a little bit too loose.

    If you're looking for sleek, how bout a whole cut by G&G? Anything by G&G is going to be pretty sleek, so good for slim trews.
    save a few bucks too
     
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  6. MyOtherLife

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    Real men wear monks. Alpha males wear double monks and are not afraid to take a moment to buckle into greatness.
     


  7. curzon

    curzon Senior member

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    Who buckles 'em?

    'Bout as easy to slip on and off as a loafer.
     


  8. Gdot

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    I have one complaint about buckles. If you are spastic, as I am, and fidget around constantly, as I do, the buckles tend to scratch up the leather on the other shoe. :embar:
     


  9. Pingson

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    The double monks are rather overhyped, IMHO, and will look rather silly a few years from now. The Derby is a classic look....
     


  10. The Shoe Snob

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    +1


    I can't agree with this....double monks will always look good and be worn by confident men whom have style.....it's not a trend, it's a style choice
     


  11. FlyingMonkey

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    Sorry, but this just sounds like something copied from GQ magazine.
     


  12. Pliny

    Pliny Senior member

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    yes
    I've seen a pic of Lawry of Arabia rockin a pair in about 1907, look good too. Still, I think they'll always be a niche shoe that screams sockless, nipped and tucked n fake-tanned porcelain-toothed wannabe celebrity at Pitti
     
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  13. stupendous

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    what about these? EG Westminster in the 888 last in dark oak antique. Beautiful shoes!
    (borrowed the pic from Malford - sorry)
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  14. The Shoe Snob

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    I wouldn't know as I don't read the style advice section.......but I do know the shoe industry......
     


  15. MyOtherLife

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    GQ writers probably copy from us. :)
     
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