of the Monkstrap (or briefly also Monk called) is a basic model of classical gentleman half shoes in the Derbyschnitt, which is locked instead of a Schnürung with (or two) a belt.

Monkstrap (Grenson)
Monkstrap (Grenson)
Doppelmonk (Grenson)

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sound of an US-American source being supposed Monkstraps on footwear of alpine monks from that 15. Century decrease/go back. This statement misses however a voucher. On the contrary, the Schaftschnitte of monk shoes exhibits a belt catch, but does not run these not from the shoe inside outward, but pulls on the exterior around then by a loop pulled again downward to run upward and be fixed there. A secured voucher of the existence of the Monkstraps originates however only from the year 1901.

characteristics and variants

the shank green cut of a Monkstraps it corresponds to that of a Derbys, whereby the internal rear shank part (the accomodation in such a way specified) runs out in or two belts, with one and/or. two on the point of the outside rear shank part of thorn latch present to be closed. Monks with two belt catches are called Doppelmonks. Monkstraps gives it in the collections of all manufacturers of classical frame-sewn gentleman footwear. Monks are unverziert usually, but give it quite rarely them also as Halfbrogues and also with a verzierten wing cap.


up to very formal causes, Monks are combinable to nearly all clothe styles - of the Jeans up to the business suit. Fashionable and normally Monkstraps manufactured in adhesive design has a remarkably large Verschlussschnalle. Framework-sewn, Monks with high order are in this connection substantially more reserved. The Verschlussschnalle can be silver, black, brown or brass colors.


  • Helge Sternke: Everything over gentleman shoes. Nicolai publishing house, Berlin, Nov. or dec. 2005, 550 S., 450 fig., ISBN 3-89479-252-3.
  • Colin McDowell: Shoes - beauty, mode, fantasy. To William Heyne publishing house, Munich, 1989, ISBN 3-453-03606-9

see also

Halfbrogue, shoe model, shoe


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