Said to have been developed by an alpine monk in the 15th century, and worn throughout European monasteries, this style was popularised in the 1920s. Unbeknown to many, a Monk strap style hosts similar fitting qualities and construction to a Derby. You could think of a Monk style as a ‘modern day’ Derby, of sorts. With open quarters, and a whole cut vamp and tongue, Monk straps (single and double buckle) are remarkably comfortable on the foot. Below we have chosen our Top 5 Monk Strap Shoes from the Men’s Collection.
Lowndes in Dark Brown Pebble Grain
Starting our Top 5 is our double buckle Monk Strap Lowndes, chosen here in our Dark Brown Pebble Grain colourway. Set on Last 348, an iconic Last in itself, Lowndes sports an aesthetically pleasing square toe with plenty of room in the toe box. A style well known to our customers thanks to our #madetobeworn social campaign, Lowndes has become a household name.
Monkton in Black Calf
Our next style following on from Lowndes is its single buckle brother Monkton Shoe. Available on our Single Leather soles this plain fronted style in Black Calf is a perfect formal style Monk Strap ready for the office or occasions. Monkton can also be paired with our Black Calf Belt to complete your whole look.
Seymour in Dark Brown Antique Calf
Our Hand Grade plain fronted double buckle monk strap Seymour 3 Shoe is the perfect style for any Crockett & Jones customer looking for an impressive Monk to join their collection. Seymour 3 boasts elegance from its hand finished silver buckles and exaggerated hand polishing, along with its channelled Bark Tanned Leather sole and Gentleman’s corner to reduce trouser snagging.
Harrogate in Dark Brown Country Calf
The most casual style on our Top 5 is Harrogate in Dark Brown Country Calf. As its colourway suggests this style is perfect for a country style, making it the perfect alternative for a Derby Boot in the warmer months, due to its Dainite Rubber soles and storm welt for added water resistance.
Camberley in Black Calf
Finishing our list is another iconic style set on our 348 Last, Camberley in Black Calf, our double buckle boot with toe cap design following on from the success of Lowndes. A style that rose to fame from its appearance in James Bond’s SPECTRE, Camberley has cemented its name into Crockett & Jones history, rightfully earning its place on our Top 5.