Who better to flex his digits for the monkstrap shoe than Tony Shalhoub, aka TV detective Adrian Monk? The monk strap shoe was never far from my thoughts last year, it’s a great shoe and a refuge from the classic, but now ubiquitous brogue. With slightly scholarly looks they embody ‘back to school’ vibes like no other shoe. If they had a smell monkstraps would smell of leaves, conkers and new pencils. Did I ever tell you btw, that I used to have a blog dedicated only to brogues? Way back, a prize to whoever can find it.
Back to the monk, their classic shape and punky buckles lend an angry sort of minimalism, perfect for old rebels like me. They’re a shape that really suits this season’s silhouette of knee length pleats and slouchy knits. The burgundy Grenson pair are a dream buy I picked up at their sample sale, I’ve never received so many compliments on a pair of shoes. Snap them up from the Outnet, you won’t regret it!
From left: L’Autre Chose double monk strap in black, £275, Shoescribe. Duccio Venturi double monk strap in grey, €370, Matches. Carvela double monk strap in patent, with heel, £110, ASOS. Grenson double monk strap in burgundy, £132, The Outnet. Tod’s double monk strap in patent, €432.87, Saks.
This post is dedicated to Eliza who shares my love of TV detectives and GIFs! <3