CAN A MONK BE COOL?
We find this juxtaposition to be a clear example of what cool means, the unexpected popularity of the monk shoe is a great story. We know what you’re probably thinking: how cool can a shoe named "monk" possibly be? If Benedict made the red shoe a fashion statement then the Members of the monastic orders may get a reputation for being the coolest card In the deck,
Monk strap shoes are becoming more popular with every passing year but their real history goes back centuries. The monk strap shoe found popularity with monks in Europe because it was more protective than the sandals they normally wore. They were also long lasting, making them a solid choice as a work shoe.
The obvious hallmark of a monk strap shoe is its lack of lacing. The construction of a monk strap is similar to that of a Derby or Blucher, with the quarters overlapping the upper vamp or tongue of the shoe, but instead of meeting in the middle to be laced the shoe is closed by a buckle and strap.
Traditionally, monks rank in the middle of the formality totem pole. They were considered too informal for suits, but too formal for most casual ensembles. Nowadays most menswear enthusiasts rank the monk strap between the lace-up Oxford and the Derby, and they have become a surprisingly versatile shoe.
The different kinds of the monk shoes are endless – single strap or double (even triple!), suede or leather, worn with socks or without, dressed up or dressed down. A monk strap today can be worn equally well with a suit or denim.