Monks from Charles Tyrwhitt

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. 

Single Monk Black2

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.

Brown-Black English Saddle Shoes, Charles Tyrwhitt

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.

Double Monks Black

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.

Loake Cannon Double Strap
Loake Cannon Double Strap

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.

Allen Edmonds Neumora
Allen Edmonds Neumora

Allen Edmonds Neumora double monks retail at US$345 (around £235) whilst Barker Lancaster double monks are on sale at Harrods for £350.

Barker Lancaster Double MonksCrockett & 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

Crockett & Jones Lowndes Monks
Crockett & Jones Lowndes Monks

3 thoughts on “Monks from Charles Tyrwhitt

  1. The saddle shoes look nice… I recently (in the very last bit of the Jan sales) got a nice pair of Grenson Derby shoes in brown… Pleased and very pleased with the discount……and not least the JL suit I found at the same time for less than £100! Good times 🙂

    1. Fab result Richard. I have a soft spot for JL suits.
      Got married in one but confess haven’t had one since….

      Re the Grenson Derbies that is a fab development indeed.
      Sadly no Grenson shoes in my collection but have certainly admired them. Were they from JL also? Why not post up a pic?


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