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Double Monks Archive

December 18, 2020

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Do Not Condition Brand New Shoes

I never understood why people do a full shoe shine regime on a brand new pair of shoes. I can understand wanting a cap shine but what goes on in the mind to apply conditioner? A conditioner is something that is used to rejuvenate leather. Brand new leather does not need rejuvenation. It needs break-in i.e. softening of the leather. Conditioners are often made concentrate and can actually do their own damage when used improperly. […]

November 19, 2020

Hancore Patina – The Black Series

Greg Park, aka Hancore, has a new way of reinventing your black shoes to create a completely other color and thus, a completely new shoe. This is huge for those of you out there, tired, bored or just downright over your black dress shoes. Now, there is a solution. And that is not often something that you can find in a patina artist, the ability to turn your black shoes into blue, brown, and the […]

July 14, 2020

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The Deckchair Sock by Mes Chaussettes Rouges

The Deckchair sock by Bresciani, sold by Mes Chaussettes Rouges just might be my all-time favorite sock, especially for the Summer season. At least for the colorway that I own. When I got my pair, they only had this light blue/white combination (as shown below) and I immediately found myself attracted to it even though I only saw it as a ‘once in a while’ sock. But since owning it, I have worn it more […]

June 12, 2020

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A New Entry Level Welted Line – Just Launched

  My original desire for starting a shoe company was ultimately for one basic reason: ‘to see men wearing better shoes.’ It was a simple idea. I saw bad shoes being sold everywhere in the US. And I saw men buying those bad shoes. I wanted to change that. I wanted to educate men on good footwear and then be able to offer it to them. And that was the quest that I set off […]

April 10, 2020

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SuitSupply Outlet – Rock Bottom Prices!

  SuitSupply’s new Outlet sale just launched!! There are some incredible prices on all forms of menswear that they offer. Sneakers down to $54 Regular shoes on average around $125 Cashmere coats from $360 Suits from $250 http://www.suitsupply.com/outlet Password: BIGOUTLET This sale is expected to last for less than one week so hurry while supplies/sale lasts  

April 1, 2020

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Full Brogue Double Monks

I have always loved a double monk that was fully brogued. It adds a unique look to the now so common cap toe version that you see almost as prevalent as oxfords. Even better would be a suede version. I think I would give a lot of use to that. It just seems so versatile This version, by Chinese shoemaker Gordon Jimjun (IG), is perfectly balanced. Edward Green has a similar model but I always […]

March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

March 11, 2020

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Monkstrap Butterfly Loafers

You can always count on Italian creativity to come up with something no one else has. Santoni started this trend of reinventing the double monk idea by making it a slip on essentially with the classic crossover double buckle strap on the cut of a loafer model. Now Paolo Scafora does something even more thoughtful by adding straps to the butterfly loafer model. While some might find this purely aesthetic this actually is quite practical […]

February 5, 2020

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Python Monkstraps by Paul Parkman

It really is funny how tastes evolve. Especially when you are young and think that you will forever be the same. And then your parents laugh at you for making comments like that and you thinking ‘those crazy old people don’t know what they are talking about’, and then 15 years later they were you right and look like the fool. Time and time again that has happened to me since entering my 30’s!!! But […]

January 30, 2020

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Santoni Double Monk Loafer in Blue Alligator – Stunners!

I have never known how to feel about these double monk loafers by Santoni. I am quite that on my foot I won’t like them. But when I see them in pictures and on others I am drawn to them. It is funny liking something elsewhere but not on yourself. I guess it’s simply my deep appreciation for footwear but simply not loving how each model would suit my own personal style. So I saw […]