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Isabelle O’Carroll

From the Style & Living team


Try the monk-strap shoe, a style that has come out of the cold to establish itself as a staple for the season, says Style & Living’s Isabelle O’Carroll

There’s something raffish and playful about the monk-strap shoe, especially when compared to its more reputable and stolid cousin, the classic brogue. Once a niche item, the style has been creeping back into favour for the past few seasons – first the single strap and then the more dandy double, cementing its status as a new menswear staple. This M&S Collection version has premium leather uppers in a rich tan that will just get better with age, while leather soles and lining complete the design. Incredibly dapper with a suit – try colourful socks for a look that has character – these shoes also work for the weekend, lending an air of offbeat elegance to jeans and a shirt.
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“A SMART shoe for the new season,
the monk-strap works equally well
with on- and off-duty outfits”