Single Monk Black
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Brooklyn, a striking Italian made single buckle monk strap in classic black. Brooklyn's silver coloured buckle and strap add visual interest to any outfit. Hand burnished black is a versatile colour that works well with nearly all outfits. The stitched leather sole includes a rubber insert to add grip and durabilty.
- High quality full grain calf leather
- Hand finished black 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 black monk strap
Black hand finished patina
Brooklyn is a single buckle monk shoe in hand finished black polished patina.This classic colour will look great with a blue or grey suit. We also have them in other colours such as brown and oxblood. They are hand crafted in Italy, using the finest, full grain calf leather. These are plain toe monks, and have an elegant slightly chiselled toe. A small detail – but even in hidden areas, like under the strap, the leather is nicely finished. The strap and buckle 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.
Craftmenship/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. Brooklyn oxblood monk strap is a beautifully Italian made high quality shoe, that with care should give you many years of enjoyment.