Strap and buckle shoes are on my mind this week. Due to a comedy of errors, a certain brown-trucked delivery service is holding several pair of Gaziano & Girling shoes that I'm responsible for, closely guarded by recordings that say "We are experiencing exceptionally heavy call volumes. Please continue to hold." As if the six months from order to shipment wasn't long enough already.
When they are actually in a man's wardrobe instead of an anonymous warehouse, the closed-with-a-buckle monkstrap is a good choice for a fifth or, better yet, sixth pair of dress shoes. Easy on and off, they are a fine pairing with a suit in the suburbs or for casual days downtown and they also provide good service on the weekend. And, unlike most types of slip-ons, they can be ordered with confidence in the same size that a man takes for his derbys and oxfords.
Now the monk is an open quarters design, and so technically not formal enough for the most formal of suits. But in these times when flip flops are worn to visit the White House, few of us will assign mental demerits when we see a pair under pin striped trousers. Particularly versions in colors such as chestnut or oxblood like the shoes that I fear I'll be seeing on the feet of brown uniformed men around town if the shipment is not released from its Purgatory soon.