OUR PICK OF THE WEEK- Meermin Rapello suede double monkstraps
A coveted and often overstated staple of the menswear game, the double monkstrap shoe (or ‘dubmonk’) comes in all shapes and sizes. Having gained great traction over the past couple of years both high end labels and dedicated shoemakers alike offer it, but the fact remains that it has largely been too expensive, UNTIL NOW.
Meermin, a Spanish cobbler working out of Mallorca have hit upon a formula for the perfect affordable and yet precious double monk. Made with both English and Spanish leathers, treated with a high quality last and Goodyear welted (as every top notch shoe should be) the Meermin double monk is a thing of beauty to behold. We covet this chocolate brown pair in suede, a wardrobe staple that can be worn sockless, suited or in just about any number of ways you can envision. The best part: sans shipping it will set you back under $200, a price that would usually get you a third of a shoe from Church’s or John Lobb.
Meermin are gaining alot of international recognition for their excellent work: with menswear bloggers losing all sense of decorum at the high level of workmanship and with co-signs by credible menswear sites the world over, this is one brand you can sink your teeth (but not your wallet) into. Have we mentioned they also have a huge range of loafers, brogues and Oxfords? Don’t worry, we wept with joy the first time too…
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