Monk shoe

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A double monk shoe

A monk shoe is a style of shoe with no lacing, closed by a buckle and strap. It is also known as a monk strap, and has been described as the "most advanced" dress shoe.[1]

It is a moderately formal shoe: less formal than a full Oxford (American: Balmoral); but more so than an open Derby (American: Blücher).[2] 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.

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  1. ^ Breslin, Yale (2014-10-16). "Five Essential Items for Every Man's Closet". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
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