My last WIWT post prompted some comments and questions about my Moras, so even though it is about the most #menswear thing I could do, and even though I’ll be the 1,000,000,000,098th guy on tumblr to write about dub-monks….
There aren’t many places where trad/ivy and the double monkstrap cross paths (except for maybe at Sid Mashburn)—and I’m sure some would dismiss them as too fashionable—but like most things in fashion there are more trendy and less trendy versions. I admit to having a soft spot for the clunky, heavy double monks that used to have (and in some parts of the UK, still have), “tweedy-old-man” connotations.
I like the old Mora. Much better than the Neumora. I like the fact that they’re chunky, and have a rounded bullet shape with a short toe box by double-monk standards. About two years ago I had two pair made via Allen Edmond’s MTO program after AE discontinued the Mora and before they introduced the Neumora. I got a pair in walnut pebble grain calf, which I liked, so I got a pair in dark brown pebble grain calf. Both have double leather soles which I think is pretty essential if you want your monkstrap to be a heavy country shoe in a hearty leather.
My love affair with the double monkstrap fizzled for a while, and they sat in the closet in their bags. I had an office job at the time, and it was really more of a tassel loafer/bit loafer kind of place. Plus, the whole double-monkstrap-with-suit thing was becoming a cliche pretty quick (and I was already late jumping on that bandwagon).
I’m glad I didn’t sell them, because I’m starting to come back around. I wear them roughly the same way I’d wear a shell cordovan plain toe, that is, with heartier, textured trouser fabrics such as heavy flannel, corduroy, or cavalry twill (they look great with denim, of course), sport coats, and maybe the occasional tweed suit, but nothing more formal than that. Plus, these things can take a beating.