Five essential monk strap shoes worth investing in

Signature buckles lend a more casual feel to an otherwise elegant shape, making them easy to style with both sharp suits and dark denim.

By Phoebe Neuman 09/02/2017

Monk strap shoes have long been an easy-going alternative to the classic lace-up dress shoe. The style’s signature buckles lend a more casual feel to the shoe’s otherwise elegant shape, making them easy to style with both sharp suits and dark denim. The ever-popular shoe comes in countless variations — keep reading to discover our five essential styles.

Classic black

A pair of monk straps that can transition seamlessly from the boardroom to an evening out are an essential piece in every man’s wardrobe — and none accomplish this more easily than a classic black version. These Venezia leather monk straps from Berluti ($US2140 or about $A2810) are sure to pair easily with virtually any outfit, but their minimal design and single buckle keep them from looking overly utilitarian. (berluti.com)

Double buckle

Often more popular than their single-buckle counterparts, double-buckle monk straps are beloved for their ability to sharpen up a pair of jeans or add a laid-back attitude to a more formal suit or sport jacket. For an iconic version of the style, look to John Lobb’s William II ($US1480 or about $A1940). The brand is credited with pioneering the double monk strap in the 1940s, and their finely crafted designs remain extremely easy to wear. (leffot.com)

Textured

Change it up by swapping out a classic leather or suede pair of monk straps for a style that makes use of a subtly textured material. This woven-effect pair from Fratelli Rossetti ($US740 or about $A970) offers the perfect amount of visual interest to make the double buckle style feel completely fresh and modern. (fratellirossetti.com)

Unexpected colour

The classic shape of the monk strap means that you can experiment with colour without stepping too far outside of your sartorial comfort zone. For an understated departure from the black and brown norm, go for a pair in a warm grey leather, like this beautifully patinated pair from Edward Green ($US1280 or about $A1680). (edwardgreen.com)

Suede

To play into the monk strap’s casual side, look for a pair in a richly-hued suede. John Lobb’s William monk straps ($US1300 or about $A1705) are again our top pick, but this time in a deep saddle brown suede. The luxurious matte finish of this version transforms the style, making it a perfect counterpoint to the lighter fabrics in your spring wardrobe. (johnlobb.com)

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