AW17 – Men’s Collection, Part I
In the Main Collection you can find a unique brogue double buckle monk – GOWER II, and a new last. Last No.377 is gladly welcomed into the UK CollectionRead More
Last 377 is a Main Collection last, taking a hint of inspiration from the quirky no.359 last. With the excellent fitting qualities of our more recent lasts (no.363/ no.373/ no.375/no.376) well reported worldwide, development of the 377 last is no different. Another extremely comfortable and distinctly unique last has been produced by shortening its stick length, slimming down the back-part and slightly redesigning the toe shape of last no.359. Resulting in an asymmetric, round toed and characterful last, with notions of classic English shoemaking offering a slightly broader appearance in the forepart. It has proved a fantastic last in the short term that lends itself to a toe cap or plain front style.
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.