Not gonna lie: I have a soft spot for monk straps. Sure, they’re not as formal as oxfords, and you don’t see them worn as often. But if you get yourself a sweet pair, you can pull them off with just about any outfit.
Beckett Simonon just sent me their Hoyt monk strap dress shoes. Get PRAKTICALA’s take by reading the Beckett Simonon Hoyt monk strap review below! And don’t forget to use our exclusive promo cod PRAKTICALA20 for 20% off your order!
Minor difference in package contents – the inside of the box now features a sticker with some material/manufacturing details listed. Kind of cool.
There’s also a new booklet inside, describing the sourcing and manufacturing process, in case you were curious.
Everything else in the box (dust bags, foam inserts) remains the same as with prior shipments.
Hoyt monk strap review
Like all Beckett Simonon’s shoes, the Hoyt monk straps are stitched from full-grain leather, with leather uppers, lining, insoles, and outsoles. They’re blake-constructed, so they can be resoled when the outsoles wear out.
By now, I’m pretty used to Beckett Simonon’s leather being consistently good-looking and high-quality. Their detail work appears the same, or maybe even a little better than before. The lines are clean, the stitching is sharp, and the finish looks great. Nothing sloppy going on here. They’re still making sure you get the maximum bang for your buck.
Though traditionally more of a casual shoe, in my opinion they can be dressed up with a suit, and look super slick doing it. They’re also perfect with jeans.
I really like how there are no laces to mess with or clutter up your ankles. Just smooth, elegant lines. The narrow last from the Hoyt monk straps help bring this out. Just really cool overall!
Fit and sizing
The Hoyt monk straps size exactly like their shoes have for the last couple of years. Which is to say, slightly small. I normally wear size 9 or 9.5 US for dress shoes (10.5 in sneakers), or a 43-44 EUR equivalent, and the Hoyt monk straps fit me perfectly in 9.5 US.
Comfort and feel also remain unchanged. While I certainly won’t compare them to sneakers, I’ve worn them all day without any issue or second thought. The leather is flexible enough out of the box, but they’ll feel even better after you break them in.
PROS: Possibly my favorite Beckett Simonon shoe so far (in terms of looks). The usual great value (material, construction, free returns, etc).
CONS: Not really any, to be honest.
I have some black double monks from Meermin and I consider them the gold standard. They looked KILLER out of the box, and even years later look just as fantastic. However, you have to deal with weird customs charges, no free returns, and spotty customer service.
Beckett Simonon have done a splendid job with these monk straps. If I could recommend three shoes for every man, they’d hands down be the brown brogue, black oxford, and monk strap (your choice of color).
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