Forget messing around with laces this season–it’s time to buckle up and give a more fashion-forward shoe a try. While the monk strap is a style that’s literally been around for ages (the Middle Ages, to be exact), it’s back for fall and better than ever before. No longer just a formal dress shoe, these days monk straps go with everything from jeans to suits. So give those trusty old brogues a rest, and try one of these:
Cole Haan Air Madison Monk
What’s better than a great shoe that makes a statement? A great shoe that makes a statement and is ridiculously comfortable, like these monk straps from Cole Haan. Unlike your average leather shoe, these contain Concealed NIKE AIR Technology, meaning you’ll probably forget you’re wearing them...until someone pays you a compliment. ($248, colehaan.com)
Alfred Sargent for J. Crew Double Monk Strap Shoes
It takes eight weeks to make a single pair of these shoes, but they’re well worth the wait. Between the quality Italian leather and a Goodyear welt (which means the sole of the shoe was sewn on, making it easily replaceable when it wears) they’ll last you for years to come ($525, jcrew.com)
Zara Formal Suede Blucher
While the name says “formal,” these suede shoes can just as easily be paired with some jeans or chinos. Style tip: Roll up the bottoms and let your socks or bare ankles show for an on-trend look. ($99, zara.com)
Peter Werth Brayfield Leather Monk Shoes
Perfect for the office and formal occasions, this single monk strapped pair also includes another one of our favorite shoe trends, the brogue design. ($201, asos.com)
Johnston & Murphy Carlock Double Monk Strap
At first glance, these may look like your ordinary double strap variety, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the cool cap toe design. We’d pair ‘em with a nice pair of khaki colored slacks. ($165, johnstonmurphy.com)
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