• Ralph Lauren Double Monk Straps

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    The moment I met Sid Mashburn he was southern prep from head to—well, ankle...bare ankle. His shoes were definitely Italian (in design). But they worked. Not only did they work, they worked beautifully. I had never considered double monk straps. With the top buckle nonchalantly flopping around unfastened, they were mesmerizing. The price point ($500-$600) is an investment but when Gilt Groupe offered up these Ralph Lauren Alston Double Monk Straps ($268), I moved.

    Jun 25, 2010 | Permalink (27) Total Comments

    SmoothGirlieGirl left a comment on 12/24/2011 at 3:44 PM:

    I love them. I’d love a darling of mine in one of these. :D


    jack left a comment on 5/4/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    shipton and henage….. great source…. thinking it is where Mashburn’s shoes come from…..


    toni left a comment on 7/16/2010 at 11:28 PM:

    I just bought this pair of shoes at the Nordstrom Rack in NYC for $99! Unbelievable! They look great!


    The Boss left a comment on 6/28/2010 at 12:07 PM:

    It takes a true gentleman (and woman) to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of a double monk.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/27/2010 at 10:10 AM:

    These particular double monks were made in Italy.


    AlanC left a comment on 6/26/2010 at 11:04 AM:

    PoloRL has shoes made in both Italy and England. Traditionally, they have used Crockett & Jones for their English shoes (RLPL using Edward Green, but also have some made in Italy).


    ATL left a comment on 6/26/2010 at 8:05 AM:

    I’m actually not the biggest fan of the monk (double or single) and I’ve gone through a few pair, including Sid’s own double monk with one unbuckled strap and no socks that he has made popular.  I just refuse to do anything but traditional brogues and loafers, so the monks are simply not my style.  And now that they are starting to catch on, their appeal is somewhat fading.  That said, I was able to sell those shoes at only a slight discount to what I originally paid ($600) a year after putting significant wear into them, so that says a little about the popularity and quality of his shoes and how they hold their value.  Btw, his shoes are made by Alfred Sargent, the eponymous English shoemaker in Northamptonshire that long ago surpassed Peal & Co.  Sid’s wingtips are by far the best shoes I have ever owned and I plan to keep the rest of my life.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/26/2010 at 8:01 AM:

    @James—I am happy to report the coloring on the toe cap is an inherent quality of the shoes.


    ATL left a comment on 6/26/2010 at 7:56 AM:

    @robdarko—according to the guys at Sid’s shop (he used to work at RL), Ralph Lauren makes their shoes in an Italian factory that is across the street from the original Gucci factory.  Apparently they are pretty much the exact same.


    Connetiquette left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 10:02 PM:

    That is some delicious leather right there.


    Richard Ross left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 8:11 PM:

    A perfect, beautiful shoe. It seems you took your latest quote to another level by keeping a tidy “sole” as well.


    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 7:42 PM:

    Superb. I’m not a big fan of double monks, but I’m starting to warm to them. I have my eye on a pair at my local John Lobb shop.

    http://admiralcod.blogspot.com/


    James left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 7:41 PM:

    FEC,
    Great shoes!  Very nice.  The coloring on the toe cap is exceptional (please tell me that this is not a shadow from the photograph). 
    Wear them in good health.
    JB


    Wisco left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 7:40 PM:

    @Sean.  I’m 6 foot 230lbs, ex-American football player, so a little chunk on the shoe looks proportional to my frame.


    Parley left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 1:40 PM:

    I know monk-straps are the darlings of the trad blogosphere, and I wish I could better explain my visceral hatred of them, but I just think they’re ugly, ugly shoes.  To each his own!


    robdarko left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 1:00 PM:

    My Ralph Lauren wingtips are the most comfortable shoes I own.  Who manufactures shoes for Ralph Lauren, F.E.C.?


    Sean left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 12:41 PM:

    I picked up the same pair (waitlisted as well)... Wearing them today. Great shoes.

    @Wisco… I bought some the suede wingtip McNairy’s. Tried them on today for the first time. They’re really bulky.


    Tony left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 11:53 AM:

    Those shoes are damn hot.


    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 11:13 AM:

    Great shoes!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 11:07 AM:

    @Jon—The Gilt sale probably flew under your radar because I was on the wait list.  The sale actually took place months prior…then made available again in my size.


    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 11:06 AM:

    Just beautiful.


    Wisco left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 10:02 AM:

    I almost jumped on these, but alas waited too long.  That’s the rub with Gilt sales.  Another option is the Mark McNary’s found at the new Run of the Mill on-line store. Pebble grain and with a dainite sole, but also gorgeous.


    http://athensstyle.tumblr.com/ left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 9:25 AM:

    So sorry that Gilt doesnt deliver in Greece….Although they approved my application to be a member…I wonder why. Defenitelly LOVE this shoes!!


    M.D Cooley left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 8:29 AM:

    Definitly need to get some of these eventually. Gilt hasnt had anything for me since I joined a couple weeks ago but we’ll see!

    http://westcapeprep.blogspot.com/


    Jon left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 8:12 AM:

    Man, that sale flew under my radar.  I need to pay more attention.  I would have jumped on those, too.


    uristocrat left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 7:18 AM:

    those certainly do look intriguing…


    JRS left a comment on 6/25/2010 at 6:26 AM:

    Very nice.


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