Back in October I included the suede double monk strap as part of a winter in Miami feature. It’s February and it’s 80 degrees. Winter (about two days of it) has come and gone. The shoe remains. I’d been on the hunt for a pair for a little while. It’s quite a task to find one that’s reasonably priced, though. Enter Twitter, Wale Oyejide of LessGentleMen suggested some brands, Howard Yount, among them. I headed over to HY and there it was, the elusive suede double monk. About a week later, the package arrived and I was quite pleased.
These are quickly becoming my favorite shoe. They work well with a multitude of combinations.
That’s what I want in an investment purchase; something that goes well with a lot that’s already in my closet.
The styling is simple, but the texture and color lift an ensemble to more stylish levels; this one’s a rich tobacco shade. The unbuckled strap? Something you see on those cool Milanese guys featured in The Sartorialist. It’s actually functional though, with the top strap undone, I can just slip these on and off. Sure, it’s a little lazy. And?
If the Howard Yount isn’t your preference, here are some others.
The suede double monk, modest, To Boot New York, $219.99.
The suede double monk, less modest, Paul Stuart, $548.
The suede double monk, splurge, Santoni, $1,175
Also, a hand-written note goes a long way.
Find a pair, wear them with everything, and enjoy.