Gentlemens Shoes 101 – The Monk

Ah, yes, the stylish buckle bound Monk, the gentlemens shoe with a dash of sass. The range of design flare that the Monk creates makes it a more formal than the Derby, yet less formal (and some say stuffy) than the Oxford. Rooted in the footwear of actual European monks, the style does not use laces like the Derby and Oxford, instead relying on a strap and buckle. This buckle may be a fully functional, as with this Monk in black leather from Ferragamo,

Black Calf Skin Monks by Ferragamo

Black Calf Skin Monks by Ferragamo

which is closed by a full-sized strap and buckle, to this pair of caramel leather Monks by Church’s,

Caramel Leather Monks by Church's

Caramel Leather Monks by Church's

which are virtually loafers, save for the very stylized brass buckle and strap to each side. Whatever their particulars, Monks are definite asset to any gentlemen’s wardrobe as they give you the ability to take any outfit and give it an element of panache that should be every gentleman’s signature.

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