Monk strap shoes are a hallmark of the fashion-forward yet traditionally-inclined modern man. Originating in Europe several centuries ago, the look later found its way into the public fashion consciousness. The style evolved throughout the 20th century going mainstream during the twenties and thirties.
The monk strap is a slip-on that retains the tongue and vamp commonly found on lace-ups, the buckle and strap replacing laces. Single monk straps are without a doubt the most popular, but double and even triple-strapped versions also exist.
A single-strap monk shoe is better suited to a casual chic attire due to its clean, stripped-back appearance. It is perfect for a night on the town. With minimal detailing - the only stitching appearing between the vamp and the quarter, and down the heel - it creates a smooth, uncluttered appearance. With a suit, sport jacket and dress pants, or simply with a pair of jeans our Elgin monk strap shoe is just perfect.