Doing The Double: Nine Great Double Monk Strap Shoes

With a suit or with jeans, the double monk-strap is our shoe of the season.

There’s a bit of a trend for wrapping things up at the moment. Perhaps it’s our protective instincts kicking in, but somehow the body-swathing safety of a slimming double-breasted blazer is far preferable to the more exposed, flappy nature of its single-breasted equivalent.

The same goes for shoes: lace-ups have their place, but all that exposed shoestring and awkward tongue is a bit much for us to handle right now. The alternative? A pair of double monk-strap shoes. Smart single monk-straps may have ruled the roost for winter, but for spring/summer 2014, it’s all about the double.

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Far more adaptable – a pair in sandy suede will work wonders with some seersucker shorts, while a chestnut leather pair will look the business with a midnight blue suit – and comfortable to boot, a good pair will look fresh for as long as you keep them in polish. Here are five of the best.

Taken from Esquire's March issue, on newsstands now.

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