I recently received these incredible shoes from Paul Smith. There is nothing better than a monk-strap shoe. Whether it is a single or a double, strapping your monk down is the proper thing to do. In fact, monk-straps seem to be restricted to the Continent as I have seldom seen a pair on an American. Or a Texan (although I have seen the “fringe” on a cowboy boot…)
These will go great with a pair of slim-fit jeans, dun pants, or even a white or tan suit with a jaunty scarf. Perfect for Lake Como on the Chriscraft!
The other great thing about this shoe is that the upper is made of a stretchy mesh, perfect for the summer. The trend of “no socks” is a debatable one, but I think a good one. Additionally, pant lengths have gotten much higher. I was recently reading the Le Snob Guide to Tailoring by Simon Crompton (What a deliciously snobby name!) and he expounds on the difference between English and Italian tailoring. The Italians keep the pant length quite a bit higher than the English break purely so that elegant shoes can be seen.
Given that I have these new shows for summer, I am rethinking my pant length…