The Monk Strap Shoe

Monk Buckle Detail

The Monk (so called because it is reminiscent of the sandals worn by monks) is an independent style of shoe. It consists of a vamp and quarters, like the Oxford and the Derby, but differs from them markedly in that the two quarters are fastened together with a distinctive buckle. The advantage of the Monk is the simplicity of its buckle fastening.

“A Monk can be classically elegant or casual and relaxed. The most popular black, plain Monk is ideal footwear for the businessman. If his pants are long enough no one will be able to see whether he is wearing plain Derbys or buckled Monks. In other shades this shoe is worn with casual day clothes, such as pants and a sweater.”  –From Làszlò & Molnàr’s Handmade Shoes for Men

Federico Badia is dedicated to the art of traditional shoemaking, which allows him to create a unique and maximum quality product. He makes each pair of shoes entirely by hand: selecting materials, calculating and drawing the models, cutting, lasting, stitching, right down to the final polishing and lacing of every pair of shoes. He uses only top quality, full-grain Italian tanned shoe leathers, which ensures that his shoes, when properly cared for, can truly last for a lifetime. All shoes are also goodyear welted by hand to guarantee maximum strength and flexibility. This dedication to quality and detail means that each pair of handmade monk strap shoes takes about fifty hours of work over a ten day period (not counting the work of modifying each custom shoe last). Because of the time and attention that each pair of shoes requires, Federico allows and completes only fifty orders for bespoke shoes by customers each year. Generally, it takes about three to six months from initial order date for the first pair of handmade shoes to be completed. Pricing is from  €1250 (IVA/VAT excluded).

Federico makes Monks in a variety of colors and styles, which include the Classico, Sinclair,  Full-Brogue, and Double Monk Strap.


Sinclair Monk Strap

Full-Brogue Monk Strap

Double Monk Strap

To guarantee complete comfort and satisfaction, Federico makes all his shoes by measurement. This requires a visit to his shop in Orvieto to have measurements taken. Once these initial measurements are taken, no return or trial visit is necessary. When the shoes are complete, they can be shipped worldwide. A custom shoe last is built specifically for each client and kept by Federico at the shop. This makes the process of reordering simple. If you are interested in making an appointment to have measurements taken and shoes ordered, please contact Federico to learn more at

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