8 Best Monk Straps for a More Stylish Look

Gents, it's time to step out from under the footwear domination of the Oxford. Of course, there's nothing wrong with a good wingtip. But if you really want to mix things up, consider forgoing laces entirely and buckling up into something shinier and flashier: a set of well-burnished monk straps.

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To Boot Quentin Cap Toe Monk Shoe

When venturing into the great sartorial beyond, it's best to tread lightly—at least at first. This clean-lined suede double-monk, from To Boot, swerves just enough, while still keeping one foot on the safe side. For best results, wear them with dark denim or blue suit pants. ($450; nordstrom.com)

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Crockett & Jones Monkton Shoes

A bit more dandy than your standard double-monk, these sumptuous single-straps are sure to instantly elevate any outfit. If you're looking for a funky twist on black-tie attire, look no further. ($650; barneys.com)

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John Lobb William II Double-Monk-Strap Boots

Here's proof that not all Dr. Moreau-type creations are monstrous: a chukka-cum-monk blend, all done up in irresistible mahogany leather. The minute details (hand-stitched cap-toe, burnished silver hardware) are just icing on the top of the (very beautiful) cake. ($1,890; barneys.com)

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Brooks Brothers GoldenFleece Double Monk Straps

Every guy deserves a pair of shoes so well-polished he can look down and spot his own reflection. Enter: these shiny beauties, from Brooks Brothers (yes, the very same company that makes all of your trusty button-downs). They're crafted from the same calfskin as your favorite pair of Oxfords; the clean, unadorned double-monk style, though, adds an added touch of elegance to any look. ($598; brooksbrothers.com)

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Ace Marks Monkstrap Avio Antique Shoes

To really get funky, ditch the black and brown leather and opt for a colored option, instead. These shoes—which are hand-made in Italy—are available in options across the spectrum. Our favorite, though, is the "avio," a muted, understated blue that's sure to slide seamlessly into any well-dressed man's wardrobe. ($295; acemarks.com)

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Neiman Marcaus Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes

The subtle broguing pattern (you'll note that it's only on the back half of the shoe) make these double-monks a pair worth owning. The indestructible yet butter-smooth leather makes them worth wearing every day. ($660; neimanmarcus.com)

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Hamilton Grand Double Monk Shoes

For guys who live in wet or wintry climates, meet your new favorite shoe: Cole Haan's Hamilton Grand. On the top, they look like your normal, if insanely elegant double-monk. On the bottom, though, you'll find a thin rubber sole that is sure to keep your feet planted firm no matter how rainy or icy the sidewalk is. ($280; colehaan.com)

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Zara Leather Double Monk Strap Shoes

When you're trying out a new look, it's best to test-drive, so to speak, a product that doesn't exactly break the bank; that way, if you don't like how it works with your repertoire, hey—no big. For that, Zara is your best bet. Their leather double-monks boast the full-fledged elegance of a designer model, but come at a fraction of the price. ($100; zara.com)

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