Tag Archives: Shoes

Trend Alert: Monk Straps for Everyday

The Monk Strap shoe, a classic mens dress shoe featuring a strap and buckle closure once reserved for cocktail parties and formal occasions, is breaking into the casual realm of dressing. GQ published a great article on Monk Straps almost two years ago, and in it suggested that monk straps were already acceptable for every day wear, but, personally, I am just now beginning to see this acceptance in action, and am more frequently noticing stylish men sporting single and even double straps on less than formal occasions.

Here are a few of my favorite monks and how to wear them:

Monks

  1. Rush by Gordon Rush Leather Monk Straps: These monks are versatile for the man who lives in business-casual attire. (So, basically any yuppy) Wear these beautiful brown monks with black, navy, or khaki slacks at work. After work pair them with navy, dark green, or khaki slim cut, cuffed chinos. For an even more casual look you can wear these with a very dark, denim pant as long as you have a nice shirt and even a sports coat to go with it.
  2. Del Toro Suede Monk Strap: These monks are definitely more casual, but equally as stylish as their fancier counterparts. I love the combination of the deep red suede with the bright blue sole. However this color combination limits what colors you can wear with them. For these particular more casual monks, I would pair with them a rich slim cut denim pant, patterned sock, blue or white button down, or a navy and white striped tee. Accessorize with a brown belt, fedora, and or a funky bow tie.
  3. McCarren & Sons Cap-toe Nubuck Double Monk Strap: These monks are probably one of my favorite for the following reasons: the cut of the toe is neither round, square, nor pointy; the colors are classic neutrals that can go with just about everything; the wooden sole makes them appropriate for cocktail hour as well as work, in addition to more casual circumstances.
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Shoe Shopping (On a Budget)

I was recently posed the question of what shoes I recommended at under $200, and I was totally struggling to think of suggestions to offer, which is when I realized that so many of the shoes I feature or discuss are pretty pricey and unattainable for most men. So I dedicate this post to the men who want to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank.

For this post, I’ll be pulling from stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, instead of Barneys and Bergdorf’s.

Dress Shoes:

dresshoesonabudget(Ted Baker $185, Cole Haan $198, Cole Haan $210(yes I know, it’s a little over budget, but they’re awesome))

Casual Chic Shoes:

cashshoesonabudget(Cole Haan $198, H by Hudson Houghton $170, LaCoste $170)

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1 for the money, 2 for the SHOE…

There’s no denying that Elvis made more than an impact on American society through his music, pelvic thrusting, and unique sense of style. The most iconic element of the king’s style is undeniably his blue suede shoes. While you can’t have Elvis’ blue kicks (unless you have 80,000 extra bones in the bank), I am happy to tell you that blue suede shoes have made a commendable come-back and you can now get almost any style of shoe in blue suede, and at an affordable price (relative to 80 grand).

bluesuedeshoesCreating a modern Elvis-inspired outfit…

  • For a night out, pair a nice dark, slim-cut, cuffed jeans with a chukka style boot in blue suede, and on top try a button-down in a grey, light blue, or salmon. You might also try a v-neck tee and blazer on top.
  • During the work week, a grey trouser, brown belt, navy sports coat, and dress shirt set the stage for a blue suede wingtip.
  • For a business casual or casual look, opt for the loafer or boat shoe in blue suede. Pair it with a nice chino for the office or a more casual jean for running errands or grabbing lunch.

View and shop my WishCloud inspired by Elvis!

This trend is a great way to take an ordinary outfit and make it stand-out.

elvisoutfit

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LDW Deals & Digs

Bloomingdale’s : 20-65% Off

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/sale/men?id=1001174

Top Picks:

BloomGROxfords BloomHUGOChamb        BloomMKShirt

Gordon Rush $245.00  $156.18                    HUGO  $105.00    $78.75             Michael Kors $125.00     $74.37

Brooks Brothers: Up to 60% Off

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/

Top Picks:

BBcottont BBParka BBSportCoat

Cotton Tee $49.50  $29.70            Casual Parka $298.00  $119.20    Cashmere Sport Coat $998.00  $499.00

Vineyard Vines: 20% Off Sale Items

http://www.vineyardvines.com/

VVSweaterVVSeer

Cashmere Sweater $98.50  $60.00 Seersucker Shorts $79.50  $40.00

J.Crew: 30% Sale Item

http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp

JCJeansJCPocketTJCSuitJack

Vintage Wash $98.90  $61.60        Pocket T $45.00   $14.00          Ludlow Suit Jacket $425.00 $199.00

Nordstrom: Up to 40% Off Shoes

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/sale-mens-shoes?origin=hp

Top Picks:

NordChukka                       NordLoafer                          NordLaCoste

Chukka Boot $240.00  $159.90    Mezlan Loafer  $335.00  $219.96   Lacoste Twill $120.00  $71.98

Lord & Taylor : 20% Off Regular & Sale, and 10% Off Clearance

http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor

Top Picks:

LTKrooBlazer LTLacosteShirtLTCKBelt

Kroon Blazer $275.00  $143.99     Lacoste $98.00  $39.20   Calvin Klein $45.00   $25.20

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