Footwear Etiquette: Monk Strap Shoe Footwear  -  General Style 50 Comments

Joshua Kissi: Different situations call for different types of shoes. Oxfords, loafers and sneakers are all appropriate depending on the scenario you’re indulging yourself into for the day. Among the assortment of options is the monk strap shoe. Though it hasn’t matched the popularity of the penny or tassel loafer, the monk strap shoe help bring diversification to a footwear collection.

The monk strap shoe is often associated with visuals of a formally sharp-dressed Italian gentleman in a navy pinstripe suit paired with robust lapels and thick pant cuffs atop a pair of chestnut nubuck double monk strap shoes. An important element in many of the currently popular looks in menswear is amalgamating pieces from various styles and tastefully blending them. To illustrate this, I thought it would be beneficial to depict the monk strap shoe in two separate outfits, which is really a first for us on the site.

Visuals: To assemble the visuals, I called up Cleon Grey. Cleon does all of the photography/art direction on his site, AVEDER OUTFIT, which is slowly but steadily redefining the way we look at street style web platforms. With a sharp eye and an even more passionate drive, Cleon looks to create and inspire something we both have in common. Look for us and Cleon Grey to work together on some amazing projects very soon.

Fit Details

  • Vintage military commander sweater
  • GAP tweed waistcoat
  • J.Crew selvedge wheat denim
  • J.Crew homespun henley
  • Giorgio Brutuni double monk strap shoe
  • Filson tote bag


Double monk strap shoes aren’t typically part of my eBay scourges. The great thing about eBay, though, is you can find such shoes from top-tier brands including John Lobb, Edward Green and Crocket & Jones at a fraction of the retail cost.

The price on this particular pair of Giorgio Brutini shoes, featuring the perfect tint of brown, fell under the low double-digit cost. Discrete details, including the pleated leather vamps on the toe box, give the overall shoe a look that I rarely see.

Fit Details

  • LL Bean Signature gray wool blazer / trousers
  • Land’s End puffer vest
  • Uniqlo stripe shirt
  • J.Crew tie
  • Tanner Goods belt
  • Vintage satchel messenger
  • Giorgio Brutini double monk strap

This is not the first time you’ve seen this bargain of a suit featured on the site. Previously worn during my trip to Berlin, where I paired it with a layered jean jacket and heavy henley, I chose to alter things up a bit this time around.  For most gentleman, who view suiting as a part of their lifestyle and an obligation to work, you can only move away so much from the traditional sense of essentials of the suit.


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  • James R

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    great post. another great way to incorporate a different look into our everyday life.

  • Michael K

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Still reading, still watching. Your blog and exploration of classic style goes from strength to strength!

  • Prêt à Porter P

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    WOW! You look immaculate in the suit.

  • Jimmy Jam

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Love the new details you’ve added to the photos. Love the monks too. It has a classic feel, something out of the mid 20th century, perhaps?

  • The Arrogant Male

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    You’ve gotta stop posting pictures of that LL Bean suit. Seriously. It’s too nice. Envy makes people do terrible things.

    Love the shoes. I got on the dbl-monk bandwagon last year and haven’t looked back. Those are beautiful, havent seen anything like them before. Which is what makes them great, of course.

  • Mattias A

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Simply gorgeous, want more!

  • Tina Hansen

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    I like this style of shoe. I am in the shoe industry but have not seen this style. It is sharp and very fresh looking.

  • Lou

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Love the vintage commander sweater :D .

  • Joy

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    They look amazing on you. Perhaps they make some versions for women?

  • Alan

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Exceptional styling. Man you got taste… u should educate the school of hip hop.

  • Brook

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    PLEASE stop using the fake lens flare filter…..It makes the photos look like you are on the school newspaper. The images are great, let them tell the story

  • Tom

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Interesting new aesthetic, and Mr Grey’s site has recently moved onto everyone’s radar judging by the tumblr responses to you and K John featured on it! A step forward definitely, and nice to see some new content!!

  • The Prestige

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    This fits so dope! I love the collar in the first set up pics!

    The Prestige

  • Cleon

        posted on April 14 , 2011 :

    Wow, glad to see that the format translated well to the blog Joshua. Excellent write-up as well (this is usually).

    @Tom: Thanks man, appreciate it.
    @Brook: While the second set of photos weren’t taken by me, I did contrast the raw photos, and lens flares didn’t seem to have been added in post. Stephen probably just shot without a lens hood, and got some glare. Love those shots!

  • Lusrica

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    Flawless as usual.

  • Hanif Castle @NoneLikeNeef

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    i don’t know why but i really had a feeling a monk strap post was coming… I found myself looking for a swift pair on ebay a few days ago. Its i very dapper shoe. Great post, funny how i predicted it though lol

    Hanif Castle of ACL

  • Celeste Cristine

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    love the look, the monk strap is a classic @Joy I wouldn’t be surprised to see a remix coming

  • Max Ward Williams

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    really sickkk…

  • Zachary Gray

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    The shoes are great, but I got my eye on that Filson Tote for the Spring/Summer!

  • Natural Swagga

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    I really like the two outfits. The first outfit makes me think of the autumn leaves of fall and the gray suit makes me think of Kanye circa 808s and Heartbreaks. I really just want to know where you got those rings from? One looks like Tibetan jade and some look like they are African-inspired.

  • Ondre

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    I love the post! the look is amazing and brilliant! But, I always love you guy’s posts! Check out my blog: Thanx!

  • K.Mack

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    I always thought of dub monks as that special kind of shoe…just special (in a good way). I recently came across a pair of vintage Ralph Lauren dub monk heels and fell. in. love.

    For men and women alike they are so versatile that I can’t stand it.

    Well done.

  • Itoro Udoko

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    Jeez. I’ve been itching for a new post Josh. Great as usual. It’s really cool to see the collab between the Aveder Outfit and Street Etiquette. I think most of us probably found out about Cleon Grey’s site through his post of K.John circulating on Tumblr. Dopeness no doubt. The site is so unconventional, I can’t even define it. I love it though. Both parties are doing greatly inspiring stuff. It just pushes me to step up my game as well.

  • smartsx

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    I love the military jacket. Very debonair look :)

  • obusikaton

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    like the monk is the best

  • Reggie

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    those aren’t your regular monk strap lol

  • Whitney Sherrell

        posted on April 15 , 2011 :

    Done very nicely! Like the new photo details, also!


  • Swan

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    Aha. I never knew what those shoes were called. I am always a half-fan of them, sort of admiring and a bit perplexed when I see them. I think of them as 90s but of course they aren’t. I like them when I am in a 90s mood. And I like them with your very stellar outfits, goes without saying. That suit is perfect on you. And… the Aveder Outfit site, slack jawed wow there, amazing.

    So maybe you can share your tips on getting just the right size of shoe when you buy vintage online. I always take the chance because I love vintage, don’t have much time to thrift irl, and well, love the internet. But so often I don’t quite fit the shoes. Do you have a particular way you look to deal with size?

  • annmarie

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    i like the formal wear josh

  • David W. Albert

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    Josh the fits and this post compliment one another ever so closely man. This is the type of quality in goods and in style I always enjoy seeing from you and Trav. Nice one again boss.

  • Reedo

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    That henley in the first bit is the same exact one I was going to order this weekend! Now that I’ve seen it here, I know I’ll be making hte right choice.

  • Franklin Acheampong Da Finest

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    dis is real fashion. the monk strap is a classic

  • theComplex

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    Fantastic post! Love the style.

  • Hadi

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    I just wanna say that I really enjoy the photography direction you’ve taken with your posts. I see improvements in them and am thoroughly impressed with they way the message/point of the shot is portrayed. Keep up the great work and let’s see more posts more frequently yeah. Cheers

  • Porter

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    Where exactly is the facebook like button ?

  • niamh

        posted on April 16 , 2011 :

    Great post, I am really enjoying the new photo notes, your dissection of fashion is always illuminating and the outfits are perfect

  • Omar

        posted on April 17 , 2011 :

    I don’t have any comments to make on the outfit, I think it looks pretty good although I’m no fan of the details on the shoes. I think the effects on the picture at the top are excessive, it makes it a bit unpractical for a style blog to be unable to discern colors. Still, props on keeping all this stuff up.

  • Alyse

        posted on April 17 , 2011 :

    Saved as a favorite, I enjoy your blog! :)

  • Blake Jacobsen

        posted on April 18 , 2011 :

    I do believe I just caught myself salivating over that tweed waistcoat. I never grow tired of tweed. Great post, as always!

  • Kisota

        posted on April 18 , 2011 :

    Where do you work ? how do you afford all the threads ?


        posted on April 19 , 2011 :

    I love your blog so much !!


  • Russian Tim

        posted on April 19 , 2011 :

    Here’s the link for you, guys, about the dbl monks. Exhaustive information to make the right choice

    BTW, in one of the pics you can find Travis Gumbs ;-)

  • Copic

        posted on April 19 , 2011 :

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

  • veronica

        posted on April 20 , 2011 :

    cute blog! I’ll follow you!
    I have a fashion blog too, I hope u’ll be one of my followers on bloglovin:-)

  • Michael sadove

        posted on April 20 , 2011 :

    Man. That outfit is amazing and inspiring. I got to go over my closet and throw anything that is not modern anymore. this posts cost me money… :)

  • widethinker

        posted on April 24 , 2011 :

    that suit is wonderful. the rings, pant length and belt/shoe choice really do it.

  • j

        posted on April 24 , 2011 :

    i’ve always liked double monks, but hesitant to wear them because of how they might look on big feet.
    the horizontal detailing on this pair seems to break up the length of the shoe.
    any thoughts?

  • The Ca$h

        posted on May 17 , 2011 :

    These look great.. both with the suit and also your causal clothing, I might purchase them.

  • Anonymous

        posted on December 13 , 2011 :

    anyone knows where i can uy the Vintage military commander sweater?thanks

  • alvaro BGA

        posted on December 16 , 2011 :

    where can i buy Vintage military commander sweater¿¿love it!!!