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The craze for Double Monks or Monk Straps took off during the last decade, although shoes featuring buckles predate this considerably. Acceptable as a business ready style, hitting the sweet spot between an Oxford and a Derby, a Buckle shoe, single or double, is just that little bit more of a statement item. Offering something different, away from the norm, they are versatile for evening or weekend styling... Apparently for both Men and Women, as outlined below by our two esteemed Guest Authors, Hetty & Aleks.
For Him - Lowndes in Black Calf
To my eye at least Lowndes is a modern ‘city’ shoe, something to wear as an alternative to classic toe-cap Oxfords into the office or to meetings with clients. Its styling as a Monk Strap, though, arguably makes it that little bit more versatile than a classic black Oxford or semi-brogue, and despite being a perennial style I also think Lowndes comes into its own at this time of year, as wedding season gets under way.
In the office, Lowndes will work comfortably with either crisp navy or mid-grey tailoring, but a pristine, highly polished pair will also look extremely elegant worn to weddings or formal family events (Christenings and the like), whether the dress code is morning dress, suit and tie, or smart-casual.
When it comes to dressing for a wedding, I like a proper midnight blue suit (even darker than navy – so dark it’s almost black) in a mohair or fresco fabric. This might sound strange in summer, but it’s a classically elegant look that won’t date and those wedding photos have got to last you a lifetime. Midnight blue suit, sky blue shirt, simple silk tie in a subtle colour and a pair of Lowndes with dark coloured fine cotton socks seldom fails to look sharp. – Aleks Cvetkovic
For Her - Ruby in Black Calf
There is something gloriously nostalgic for me about a buckled shoe. I had a favourite pair as a child—in bright red, and slightly less serious than these beauties, but I lived in them nonetheless, and they still sit shrine-like in my parents’ home.
When I first started as a busy Editor running around town, I bought myself a pair of leather monk shoes and wore them with everything, they just got better and better with every wear. I suggest not saving these just for trouser suits, but implore you to mix them up by trying with little black dresses, monochrome ensembles, silks and florals. When you want to impress but not overwhelm, you want to be comfortable but have an edge, these are the shoes to choose. I often grab mine when in a rush as I just know I will feel polished all day.
They are surprisingly sturdy too, making light work of splashing through autumn puddles. I have become a shoe tree obsessive when it comes to my leather loafers, Oxfords and Monk Straps like these. They keep the shape of a shoe formed, and once you’ve worn them to death they don’t look quite as slouchy. I also rather like the uniformed look of them lined up in my shoe wardrobe. Now I’m longing to put away my sandals and get my ‘back to school’ look in check, and with proper care for the leather, a pair of these will last a lifetime, with plenty of stories to tell along the way. – Hetty Lintell