Monk Strap Blue
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Thomas Bird fits fairly true to size. Not sure? Please tell us what size and brands you normally wear and we'll be happy to help. Contact us.
Bourne's silver coloured buckles and monk straps add visual interest to any outfit. Hand burnished blue opens the door to some individual outfits, working well with blue as well as more neutral tones.
The stitched leather sole includes a rubber insert to add grip and makes these monks last much longer before they need resoling.
Photo: @dailytouchofclass keeps it strictly blue, wearing them with a blue suit.
We also have a range of blue accessories, including belts, wallet, cardholder and shoe cream.
- High quality full grain calf leather
- Hand finished deep blue patina
- Full calf leather lining
- Blake stitched sole with rubber insert for better grip and wear
- Includes dust bags
- Made in Italy
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Italian made, high quality blue monk strap
" Exquisite hand made quality. They fit perfectly.".
Monk shoe features. Black shown but mostly also applies to blue.
Blue hand finished patina
Bourne is a double buckle monk shoe in a hand finished blue patina.They can add a splash of colour to a neutral outfit and look great with a navy or grey suit. We also have them in other colours such as oxblood, tan and black. They are hand crafted in Italy, using the finest, full grain calf leather. These are cap toe monks, and have an elegant rounded toe. The 2 metal buckles provide adjustability, say if you have a slightly higher instep, and undoing the top buckle helps when you put them on. A small detail – but even in hidden areas, like under the strap, the leather is nicely finished. The straps and buckles make it a visually interesting and good looking shoe, ideal for work and special occasions. The top line is neat, with no raw edges, as we taper or ‘skyve’ the edge, then fold the leather and stitch it.
Craftsmanship/attention to detail
Looking inside, we see the Thomas Bird branding, embossed into a piece of calf leather, foam backed for added comfort. The shoe has a full calf leather lining. This helps absorb moisture and prolong the life of the shoe. And we use a genuine full leather insole. Inside the heel, the reverse counter, we use suede to stop your heel slipping. What you can’t see are the stiffeners between the calf upper and lining. There is one in the toe and another at the back. These are important to keep the shoe looking good as it ages, and we use longer, high quality stiffeners to achieve this.
Stitched leather sole
The sole is stitched onto the upper with a traditional Italian method called blake stitching. This is an in-channel, lock stitching technique, so even if one stitch was worn the others will still be locked securely in place. And being stitched the sole can be replaced when it eventually wears. But to extend the sole’s life, we use a rubber insert for added wear and better grip.
Stacked leather heel
There is a 25mm genuine leather stacked, heel, with 4 brass pins, and a rubber piece, again for better wear and grip, that can be easily replaced. There is a ‘gentleman’s corner’, a small bevel that reduces snagging of the heel on your trousers. Bourne blue monk strap is a beautifully Italian made high quality shoe, that with care should give you many years of enjoyment.