Last No. 341
Produced in December 2003. Last 341 is a versatile Main Collection last, with a medium round toe. Regarded as a traditional main collection last, 341 has proven to be an excellent last for both formal business and smart casual wear. Long, but not too long, round but not too round. Established as one of the most widely used lasts in the collection, many would suggest that 341 hosts the perfect balance when buying Crockett & Jones shoes for their English heritage.
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. However, they will not offer the same level of adjustment, due to the absence of laces. The sequence of operations for constructing a Monk is similar to a Derby. Inside and outside Quarters are stitched to a tab point either side of the vamp and the tongue is cut as part of the vamp and is not a separate component.