As you know I am a great admirer of monk strap shoes. Monks remain an unfilled gap in my shoe collection primarily because most decent monks are pretty expensive, because they are produced by a limited range of high-end shoemakers.
So I was pleased to note that Charles Tyrwhitt’s Spring collection includes not one, not two, but three pairs of monk straps and at lower prices than in a number of similar quality shoemakers. In passing, it’s worth noting that the Tyrwhitt spring collection also includes a pair of English saddle shoes. This is the first I can recall seeing in the Charles Tyrwhitt collection.
The Tyrwhitt monk strap range begins with a black wing–tip single strap shoe at £99. It has a glossy finish, and chrome coloured buckle.
The other two are double strap monks in black and burgundy calf leather at £125. The double monk has double straps with smaller buckles, in this case in matt steel.
All three have leather soles with shock absorbing rubber heels. They are available in sizes from 6 to 13 and in extra wide G-fit.
I have no personal experience of shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt. However, I have sampled a few of their other products. So I expect that their shoes will be of comparable quality with their other products. Moreover, it has long been rumoured that at least part of the Charles Tyrwhitt shoe range is manufactured by Barker.
The Tyrwhitt monks appear good value compared to their competitors. Similar double strap monks are available from Loake whose Cannon monk double straps retail at £195.
Crockett & Jones’ Lowndes Monks come in black and brown leather or brown suede. they also retail for £350 but are in my view better quality than the Barkers. All of which make the Tyrwhitt nonks at nearly 1/3 the price look very good value indeed