Everything you need to know about the monk strap model
Monk Strap Model
Legend has it that the monk strap shoes were named after a monk from the Alps who invented them back in the 15th century. Soon after, the shoes were noticed by the English traveler, they reached urban areas and gained extreme popularity in the medieval world. Monk straps remained one of the classic clothing items since those times up to today.
Today, monk strap shoes surely find their place on the wardrobe shelf of every gentleman who takes great care of his style; but thanks to their incredible adaptability, the monk strap shoes have become one of the trendy shoe styles every man should own. The monk strap is an intermediate formal shoe that matches well with casual, business casual, and less formal business attire, but it is still formal enough to wear with a suit.
The monk strap model is characterized by its simple lines, but it is far away from being plain simple – the most noticeable feature of this model is the lack of lacing. Instead, the monk strap model is defined by a strap and a buckle closure on the side. There are two basic models in the Reinhard Frans collection: a single and double monk strap – the only difference between them is the number of straps used to fasten the shoe to the wearer’s foot.
The versatility of this shoe lays exactly in its buckle – it can come in many different shapes, sizes, and metals. Most monk strap buckles are square or rectangular, but they are also available in more shapes like hexagons, octagons, and oval. The buckle is mostly made of brass or chrome, but it can gain a luxurious look by being made up of precious metals such as silver or gold. The look of the shoe can also vary depending on the position of the buckle, and on the double monk – on the size and the position of the spacing between the two buckles.
The Reinhard Frans collection offers a variety of monk strap shoes suitable for any taste and style. From the classic looking New York single monks to copper-colored stylish buckle of the Marseille monks or the extraordinary Paris monks which are defined by a single wide strap that ends in the silver-plated buckle. Paris monks are of unusual style because unlike classic monks where the strap is pointing down towards the welt, the strap points back towards the heel. For the men that like to be noticed Reinhard Frans offers distinctive double monk strap Monte Carlo shoes, that on-demand can even come in triple buckles. The Monte Carlo monks feature a slightly off-set angle with wide spacing between the buckles which appear very elegant to the eye.
Try them in suede
When it comes to the material they are made of – leather is always the best choice for the monk strap shoes, whether it is plain calf leather or suede. Single monk strap made from fine French calf leather is a traditional model in the Reinhard Frans collection. The leather we use is made of high quality, so the shoes are made to last for a long time, and with proper care even get better with age. If you already own this basic model, why not experiment and try them in dark navy suede. If you like to play with textures, Italian croco – embossed calfskin with crocodile texture is a very classic yet unusual choice.
Make a statement in color
At Reinhard Frans, the monk strap shoes come in a variety of colors and all the shoes are manually patina painted, which prominently enhances their appearance. The classic shoe color that matches well with almost any wear is brown. Brown men’s leather shoes are the perfect balance between formality and casualness. If you aim for a charming, less formal style ranges from dark brown to cognac antique colored monk strap shoes would be the perfect choice for you. Also, if this is your first pair of monk strap shoes, stick with a shade of brown as it is very versatile, and you can wear it in pretty much any environment. On the other hand, black leather monk strap shoes are more than just your plain, everyday footwear. They are more formal than the brown colored ones; in fact, they look great in formal and semi-formal occasions and are particularly perfect for men whose wardrobe dominates with charcoal and grey suits. If you are looking for something to shake things up, or if you like having all eyes on you, try bolder colors such as jeans or burgundy. Reinhard Frans collection offers different combinations of materials and colors, and you can always play with the texture.
Although a very popular shoe among well-dressed men, the monk strap is not as common as the other shoe models such as oxford and derby. Therefore, a new pair of monk strap shoes will be your chance to shine and certainly get noticed. Monk strap shoes are the transitional model between the two basic shoe models – they are less formal than oxford shoes but more formal than the derby shoes. However, when wearing monk shoes (but this rule also applies to other shoe models) you should know that the darker color and the cleaner the pattern – the more formal the shoe is. In general, monk strap shoes should be a part of any smart casual look. You can wear monks with less formal business attire such as sports jackets, blazers, tweeds, navy and grey suits. Ideally, you should make sure to match the shoe buckle with the buckle on your belt. Avoid wearing it with black and white ensembles such as a tuxedo. One of the best things is that you can wear monk straps with or without socks. If you opt for the socks, pair them with striped, or dotted socks to add a subtle pop of color to your outfit.
To conclude, monk strap shoe as a classy yet fashionable and playful, is a shoe that every man of style should own. Monk strap shoes are everything you need to be able to stand out from the rest.
Monk Strap Model