“Hey man, great shoes. Where’d you get them?”
A few years ago, in an effort to diversify my shoe game from the lace-ups and loafers that ruled my closet, I decided to purchase a pair of monk strap shoes. Honestly, the decision did not come easy as I was initially lukewarm on the idea of a strap with buckles ruling the top of my shoe.
After several months of waffling back and forth, I leaned on my go-to shoe brand and pulled the trigger on a pair of Allen Edmonds Mora Monk Strap shoes in brown burnished calf. I began working them into the rotation, fought off the critiquing of the ultra-conservative voices in the office (what? no laces or tassles!?), and soon found myself wondering, “Is this the best shoe purchase I’ve ever made?”
There’s something about the sleek nature of the shoe that exudes a polished, refined look. The monk strap’s versatility is endless as they can stand-up to a well tailored three-piece suit, just as easily as they can be paired with dark jeans and a blazer for a night out on the town. The monks are great with one or two straps, and in suede or leather. It’s no surprise that the monk strap style has continued to gain in popularity and become an ever present fixture on magazine covers and Instagram fashion feeds alike.
Why has the monk strap shoe vaulted to the top of my favorite list? Well, I’d like to think it’s because of the clean, simple design and beautiful brown leather of my Allen Edmonds Monk Straps. Truthfully though, it’s probably because I don’t go more than a few days without a sartorial stranger stopping me on the street to pay homage to the shoe. “Hey man, great shoes.”
The monk strap shoes do more than simply diversify to your shoe family – they enhance it. Up your shoe game today and add a pair to your lineup. Heads will turn, and the people will thank you accordingly.