Formal shoes for casual occasions.
"Monk straps work very well with casual wear including denim. However, they shouldn’t be paired with shorts or athletic apparel." This all-leather monk strap from Di franco shoes is a great addition to the "strong," "quick," or "nimble." gentleman. Genuine hand-sewn construction along with strong leather allows for a perfect fit after a few wears in the office or social gatherings.
DON’Ts – How Not to Wear Them 1.Don’t wear monk straps with formal attire such as a tuxedo, morning coat or tail coat. They should also not be worn with a Stresemann or stroller coat because they are not formal enough. 2.Monk straps work very well with casual wear including denim. However, they shouldn’t be paired with shorts or athletic apparel. 3.Be picky when buying monk straps. Just as you would with other shoes, choose quality over quantity. Avoid budget brands, sales, and inferior materials or craftsmanship. A good pair of monk straps should last a very long time. 4.Use a shoehorn & don’t slip them on. Although you may be tempted just to slip them on like a loafer – and the buckle may be stiff at first – it is always best to buckle and unbuckle your shoes the same as you would lace and untie your oxfords. This will increase the longevity of the shoe. 5.Try to avoid overly big, shiny buckles as they will scratch easily and look worn after a short while. Consider smaller or larger brushed buckles and opt for brass if you will be wearing them with both gold and silver jewelry such as your watch, belt buckle, and cufflinks. If you can, try to match the buckle to your jewelry. Nothing will look more out of place then a gold buckle on your shoes and a silver buckled belt. 6.When you wear a single monk strap, don’t leave it unbuckled as you might with a double monk strap. This is akin to wearing oxfords with your shoelaces untied.
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