A double monk shoe.
A double monk shoe.

A monk shoe or monk strap is a style of dress shoe with no lacing, instead secured on the feet by one or multiple buckles and straps.[1][2] It is a moderately formal shoe: less formal than a full Oxford (American: Balmoral); but more so than an open Derby (American: Blücher).[3][4] In between these, it is one of the main categories of men's shoes.

It often has a cap toe, is occasionally brogued, and is popular in suede.

See also


  1. ^ Mandilaris, Kostas (2019-10-22). "History Of Monk Strap Shoes | Timeless Elegance For The Modern Man". Misiu Academy. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  2. ^ Tao, Mei. "Laces Out: The New Rules of Monkstraps". GQ. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  3. ^ "Shoe Leather and Accessory Glossary". www.pediwear.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ Schneider, Sven Raphael (2016-08-29). "Monk Strap Shoes Guide". www.gentlemansgazette.com. Retrieved 2021-03-01.