Double Monks – Still in the Game?

It seems like it’s been almost a year since the double monk straps hit their peak.  The trend generally started by Sid Mashburn took hold in the 2008 time frame, but has since lost a little bit of steam.  From the looks of it, there are two distinct double monk camps – those that love them, and those that don’t.  At all.

I am still on the double monk bandwagon, wearing my brown Allen Edmonds Moras and my black Magnannis quite a bit.  For us double monk lovers, the good news is that quite a few other brands have released their versions.  This gives us quite a variety of styles, colors, and leathers to choose from.  Some of the choices out there:

Left to right

1. Ovadia & Sons Milford Suede:  Snuff suede.  Hard to beat.
2. Howard Yount Double Monks:  The polishing job alone warrants a second look at these bad boys.
3. Billy Reid Mules:  These are very ‘Billy Reid’.  Good lookin’.


Left to right

1. Cole Haan Air Harrison:  Cut like gunboats, but green suede.
2. Magnanni Miro:  These look like a race car.
3. Crockett & Jones Lowndes:  Very English, and very professional.

Left to right

1. Burberry Double Monks:  A low-cost option in a cool reddish-brown color.  I could see these getting a lot of wear.
2. Battistoni Cap Toes:  The pebbled leather is a nice touch.
3. Santoni Sumners:  Another race car, with a different take on the ‘seat belt’.

Left to right

1. Peal & Co for Brooks Brothers:  More suede…from the Mothership.
2. Sid Mashburn Holburn Suede:  The suede version from the guy who started the craze.
3. John Lobb Williams:  These will probably last longer than you can stand.

I’m still on board…are you?

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7 Comments

  1. JD
    01/16/2013 / 8:45 AM

    What about Andrew Lock?

    http%3A%2F%2Fandrewlockshoes.com%2Fproducts%2F389942-the-double-monk

  2. EJI
    01/16/2013 / 9:01 AM

    I still am on board…but my wife can’t stand them. So, I wear them to work but not to church.

  3. Mr. Wonderful
    01/16/2013 / 10:41 AM

    It’s time for you all to join the single monk club.

  4. Glenn Kimmell
    01/16/2013 / 12:26 PM

    I’m digging the Crockett & Jones Lowndes versions!

  5. Rick
    01/16/2013 / 6:58 PM

    I’ll have to add another item to the long list of things I’ve told my son not to allow at my funeral. No singing of “Amazing Grace”, NO double monks. Not on me or on any of the mourners. They look like some kind of orthopedic device.

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