Monk Strap – A Shoe Elevate One’s Ensemble

No news flash here. Any style-conscious gent showing even the most minuscule of interest in their sartorial game realise the sheer significance of proper footwear. Not only can a shoe elevate one’s ensemble – it holds such influence to make or break one.

A nostalgic, yet often precluded shoe iteration is the age-old monk strap. Often misconstrued as a piece best served to compliment formal garb, the heritage style footwear – if styled correctly, can indeed pair swimmingly juxtaposed along attire more casual in nature. Boasting an esoteric versatility, a monk strap shoe can without question lend itself well to a pair of dark-wash denims as it can to a pair of tweed trousers.

If your ethos is one of contemporary sophistication, spring for finely cut, three-piece suiting option in a heavy navy hue to play the starring role in an ensemble that also features a sharp white button down. To finish, a knit woven neck tie and a pair of tan wing-tipped monk straps would indeed make resplendent accessory items.

Keeping it casual for a weekend shindig can and should be just as effortless. Make a splash with an outfit promoting a double denim aesthetic. Team together a mid-dark wash denim trucker jacket alongside a pair of relaxed, distressed pair of jeans. In an accentuating fashion, reach for a felt pinch crown fedora, a printed pocket square, and a black pair of double monk straps.

Immortalised by – you guessed it, monks of the bygone 11th Century era, the aptly named footwear piece offered a utilitarian functionality and a steadfast sturdiness ideal for religious clergymen of the time.

As we reflect on present times, the signature footwear piece not only made noteworthy appearances, but acted as the stand-out shoe silhouette at the recent London Collections: Men AW14. In preparing our wardrobe rosters for the current spring/summer season, such fashion house heavyweights as Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana have offered up their impeccable interpretations for our consideration.

For those previously on the fence about this shoe, the LC:M showcase should by most accounts tip you over and onto the side of favour. Up your garb game this season and snag your very own to pair with…well, whatever waits in your clos

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