Monk Straps: The new Loafers

Want to wear something a little different from the usual brogues  this AW14, then it’s time to switch to the new season of monk shoes. The Monk really did have its origins with Monks, they wore the shoe in winter because it protected their feet better.

Monk-strap shoes, typically a flat, plain leather shoe with a single or double strap that buckles to the side, are now suddenly everywhere. Monk-straps have been in the spotlight in menswear for a couple of seasons and it’s not the first time women have fallen for them, so the coolest girls have been borrowing from the boys for seasons now.

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Coming from the 50s they were a a great alternative to the heavy brothel creeper, and girls did wear them, as did goths in the 80s, And whether you plan to borrow from the boys with man tailoring, or be a boss in monk flats, these fab shoes make a fashion statement. Monk shoes are smart enough for work as the chunky sole is relaxed enough for play.

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So how do you wear monk-straps now? Skinny jeans or narrow trousers cropped above the ankle work well, as does a sharp knee-length pencil skirt, even a pencil skirt and crisp white shirt and jacket for the office, they are alternative twist on brogues if not a little smarter. Throw a sequin jacket over classic jeans and t-shirt for a instant evening update with a pair of black monk shoes.

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