History of the Monkstrap shoe

The exact date of origin of the Monkstraps can not be determined exactly, but we can take a look at the origin together. As you can probably guess by the name, Monkstrap, there is a connection to the life of monks in the Middle Ages.

The simple life of the monks took place mainly in the monastery and close surroundings such as the garden. The monks usually wore sandals, which soon turned out to be not very suitable for manual labour in rougher terrains. So the sandal was transformed into a closed leather shoe with a buckle, the forerunner of today’s monkstrap shoe.

Over the years, this original variant has then evolved more and more, today we find different forms of the Monk strap shoe. At MORJAS we have 2 goodyear welted variants in our collection.

The Double Monkstrap

A part of our permanent collection and is always restocked as different sizes sell out. "Double" refers to the number of buckles. In this model, we find two straps/buckles on the shoe. The Double Monk Strap shoe is the successor to its predecessor the Single Monkstrap and usually enjoys even greater demand these days, as two buckles allow for a bit more variation and variety.

The Single Monkstrap

The Single Monk Strap Shoe is the monk shoe with only one buckle.

How to wear a monkstrap shoe?

As for the formality level of the shoes, there are different opinions. However, most often the Monkstrap is described as less formal than Oxfords and more formal than the Derbies. However, as always, the darker the color and the cleaner the pattern is the more formal the shoe is.

By many, the monkstrap is seen as one of the most versatile men’s shoes. While Oxfords and Derbies are great, elegant classics, the Monkstrap catches the eye as one of the younger styles. It fits casual, business casual, and less formal business attire. So the monkstrap is great to combine with blazers, tweeds or linen pants. This shoe also goes well with some sort of suits and many wear it in their daily business life.

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