If your shoe rack is lacking monk shoes, then we’re afraid that you are definitely missing out. These fashionable shoes are making its rounds, and deservedly so, because of how they seem to represent the modern man with a classic design. Monk shoes stand out because of their utter disregard for laces that have been the standard for dressy shoes, and they get away with it. This versatile footwear can bend the rules a little to make a difference, and push some boundaries to achieve a goal, pretty much like what a great businessman does.
Here are our top recommended monk shoes for every businessman:
Officine Creative monk strap shoes
Officine Creative invites you to take a step back in time with their vintage-looking monk strap shoes. If you’re afraid they’re outdated, fear not! Quite the opposite, actually. This is what timeless is supposed to be.
Santoni fringed detailed monk shoes
Put some variety in your collection by getting yourself these Santoni shoes that are not only strikingly beautiful with the dark brown leather but also meticulously done with fringes on the straps. You can be assured of its durability—Santoni carefully inspects and selects the leather that goes into their shoes.
Saint Laurent Dare 25 monkstrap shoes
Go dashing with these exquisitely made Saint Laurent Dare 25 monk shoes. The design is slightly unique compared to most shoes categorized as monks, as it features buckled crossover straps. Saint Laurent is not hesitant to look different while still remaining smart-looking, thanks in part to its black color.
Crockett & Jones formal monk shoes
Want your formal shoes to be a little more flexible? Crockett & Jones gives you the freedom to do so with their single-strap monk shoes. The pair is in lovely black suede, making it a little bit more casual than most, but still an acceptable accessory for a dressier event.
Salvatore Ferragamo double monk strap shoes
If you’re going to invest in monk shoes, pick something subtle and elegant, like these brown double strap monk shoes. Quality leather is as elegant as you can get in these shoes, plus, you’re assured of their longevity. Also, the stitching in these Salvatore Ferragamo pair is impressive, they’re hardly noticeable at all.
Alexander McQueen Leather Loafers
Establish your brand as a young or exceptionally ingenious businessman with these knockout leather Alexander McQueens in black. These loafers that also fall into the category of monks are truly unique, coming lace-free (still) but with silvertone zippers instead of buckles. Fashion-forward, these babies can take you anywhere.
Church’s punch holes monk shoes
If you fancy intricate designs on your shoes, opt for these brogue monk shoes from veteran shoe manufacturer Church’s. Fair warning though, these are not for the easily daunted. Sticking with simpler footwear is the easy choice, but show your grit by donning these meticulously perforated shoes.
BALENCIAGA Monkstrap evening shoes
A contemporary piece made vintage-looking, this Balenciaga evening shoes incorporate both in an effortless way to make a statement for the modern fashion-invested man. It’s given that monk shoes are considered one of the more “advanced” dress shoes, but this one gets its vintage appearance from the deep brown color matched by the gold-tone metal logo on the strap and classic crocodile embossing.
SANTONI Vintage Doppel monk shoes
We’re sure you have a collection of leather shoes in every style you can’t keep count of. Considering what you already have, the Vintage Doppel by Santoni is something that you most likely don’t have anything similar to yet. Suede is popular on monk shoes, and its blue color emphasizes a gradient effect throughout.
EDWARD GREEN Fulham Leather Monk-Strap Shoes
In a shade called “Dark Oak,” the Fullham monk shoes achieve the sturdy wood’s durability and resemble its appearance through the darkening and lightening of the color in some parts of the shiny leather material. To add to the design, a pronounced stitching rounds the toecap also to break the smoothness of the exterior.
TO BOOT NEW YORK Emmett strap monk shoes
Some of the most successful businessmen would have a uniform outfit for everyday. If that’s your style, To Boot New York‘s Emmett is the simplest monk shoes you can get to match whatever look you decide to wear on the daily. It fulfills the most basic requirement of a dressy monk shoe with its single monk strap and classic square buckle fastening.
SAINT LAURENT Dare 25 monkstrap shoes
We know double monks to have two straps both facing toward the outer sides of your feet, but nobody ever said that’s the only way double monks should be made. Saint Laurent definitely gets the memo with this Dare 25 shoes with double monk straps that crosses to settle on opposite sides of your feet. The rest of the shoe is just a normal shiny and sleek leather to focus attention on the varying detail.
O’KEEFFE Bristol Burnished-Leather Monk-Strap Brogues
All dress shoes, no matter how similar, are made different. But when you see a crossover between two styles, it’s instantly a perfect pair that you have to grab. Made with Para-Shine leather and a Goodyear-welted sole, Bristol from O’Keeffe marries the casualness of a double monk strap and the formality of an Oxford with a full brogue’s decorative perforations.
BONTONI Brillatina monk shoes
Crafted with cognac brown leather, Bontoni‘s Brillatina minimizes the upper details with only half of a strap coming out from the V-shaped opening on the tongue but it retains the perfect fit on your feet with a more adjustable single monk strap. Visible stitching highlights the structure of the slightly pointed toes and adds a texturized appearance at the sides on top of the black soles.
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO double monk strap shoes
Since monk shoes don’t have lace fastenings, they are made with a wider tongue to tighten the shoes around your ankles. If your feet are on the small side and you struggle to find monk shoes that don’t have a wonky fit, perhaps this Salvatore Ferragamo pair will heed your need. It’s also made with a wider-than-normal double strap and two separated buckles to keep it attached throughout the day.
RALPH LAUREN PURPLE LABEL Suede Monk-Strap Shoes
Marked by high-quality and classic tailoring, Ralph Lauren‘s menswear line, Purple Label, had been producing men’s apparel as one of the best in the industry for over two decades. Making a classic dress shoe is surely no difficult feat for them, but you’ll see the care and craftsmanship in this brown suede monk shoes that can go from professional and business in the morning to elegantly casual after office hours.
HENDERSON BARACCO fringed monk shoes
These monk shoes from Henderson Baracco are the very definition of extra. Not only did the brand combine two classic dress shoes, brogues and monk shoes, in this pair, they’ve added fringes as an additional decoration. There are so many things happening in these shoes but it keeps simplicity with an all-black leather material.
DOUCAL’S classic monk shoes
When monk shoes are perforated with the design of brogues, it’s usually elevated to match the formality of the latter dress shoe. This isn’t the case for Doucal‘s classic monk shoes. It joins the two together with a compromise. It only includes a quarter brogue, which is a step down from the formality of a full brogue but uses a wide-spaced and angled double strap to keep an elegant face.
GEORGE CLEVERLEY Thomas Leather Monk-Strap Shoes
You’ll be sporting the best English gentleman look when you pair these Thomas shoes from British brand, George Cleverley, with your excellently-tailored black business suits. Visible stitching resembling a quarter brogue aids the shoe with subtle details as the rest of it is polished with smooth black leather and classic double monk straps.
W.GIBBS classic monk shoes
In a brown color that makes it look vintage, this W. Gibbs monk shoes is a pair that only gets better with time. Through the most attractive type of double monk straps, wide and angled, these shoes will speak a lot about your good taste in footwear. The quarter brogue stitches will aid in the aging of the shoes, not allowing it to be quickly worn down.
EDHEN MILANO monk loafers
Brogues aren’t the only style you can combine with monk shoes. As the latter already has no laces, it’s easier and makes more sense, design-wise, to be paired with the style of slip-on loafers. This Edhen Milano pair gives us a chic example with an all-black shiny calf leather, silver-tone accents, and comfy flat sole.
BERLUTI Leather Monk-Strap Shoes
Black will never go out of style where fashion is concerned. That’s why you have to try out other colors because when you get tired of them, you can go back to the abundance of black suits and clothes in your wardrobe. It will take a lot of time, though, because you wouldn’t want to switch out these Berluti monk shoes tinted with a hint of blue. Set on replaceable Goodyear-welted soles, these will last you a long while, so don’t be afraid to wear them often.
PREMIATA slip-on monk shoes
Premiata‘s monk shoes are definitely on the casual side of the spectrum. The extremely soft brown calf leather is made intentionally like so to elicit a lived-in look. It also eases the experience of wearing them and doesn’t require breaking them in to feel comfortable. The heel counter can be collapsed on the insole to make it a full slip-on, just with double monk straps.
HUGO BOSS formal monk shoes
Monk shoes may be more casual the full-on Oxfords but you can disregard that about these Hugo Boss monk shoes because these are made to be flaunted on formal events along with tailored suits. It’s set on a completely sturdy wooden sole and are to be worn for the most special occasions.
JOHN LOBB William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes
In a world where almost everything is automated and made using machines, there’s something valuable and sentimental about a handmade item. The William shoes from John Lobb is one of those special things you’d take special care for. They’re a classic monk shoe made with pebbled grain leather, a perfect match for your smooth and crease-free black suits.
MORESCHI classic monk shoes
Moreschi‘s brown monk shoes are like any other vintage-looking ones on this list, but its shade of brown is a lot different and gives off a distinct vintage vibe that’s unmatched by any other pair. It’s probably because of the grainy leather it’s set on, but this will give you an professional character you’d want to pull off.
DSQUARED2 Hawaiian rocker shoes
If you have too much spunk to be seen wearing these dressy shoes, you can still express your edgy style in a professional environment with these Hawaiian rocker shoes from DSquared2. It exceeds expectations by having three monk straps instead of just one or two and garish buckle fastenings that demand attention. The pointed toes also give off sophistication like no almond toe shoes can.
Have both the sartorial and business advantage by being a dresser who’s not afraid to test the limits of fashion. These monk shoes will not only keep you company in any occasion, they will also make you look even more assertive, braver and extremely savvy at what you do.
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