I've been lamenting the loss of a pair of Ralph Lauren double monk shoes (seen above) on Gilt since Wednesday and if you follow me on Twitter you've heard me soliciting recommendations for an affordable pair. The RL's were there for the taking and I dropped the ball. Double monk shoes are possible the most elegant, wonderful shoes a guy can own, but they are usually price out of what I'm willing to spend. Not to mention they are a rare style so it's not everyday I can get my hands on a pair. Since I'm currently still in mourning, I figured I'd throw up some examples of double monks done right (both the shoes themselves and guys wearing them). Shed a tear with me as we bring in the weekend.
As with most things, Sid Mashburn does it better than anyone else. At the moment I don't happen to have 59,500 pennies laying around to spend on shoes so I guess these will have to wait. Apparently this shoe requires 200 seperate "operations" to make, which is about 199 more than any other shoe I currently own.
The British brand Loake makes a pretty good double monk model known as the Blackfriar. It's available for around $240, and is looking like my most viable option. My man David, who is Astor & Black's rep. down in Charlotte (and "the south" for that matter), apparently has these in stock so I have to swing by the showroom soon and get up close and personal with these.
As far as wearing a double monk is concerned, a confidence with one's self is pretty necessary. These are not your everyday shoes and people will probably have some questions (most likely of the "where the hell did you get those shoes" variety). Even though the double monk is a pretty dressy shoe, it can be worn with chinos or jeans to add a real punch to your everyday garb. I mean, in my eyes, if you're going to spend at least 300 bucks you want to wear these as much as possible. European men know what's up when it comes to double monks and should be your go to inspiration when it comes to making them work on a day to day basis. Check out these pics from The Sartorialist...