The Monk Strap was developed by the alpine monks in the 15th century and would have been warn in monasteries around Europe. The closed shoe was an evolution from the double straps sandals warn by the monks, whom wanted a footwear that offered more protection from the weather and the terrain of the mountains.The solution came about as a closed version of their traditional monks strap sandal, thus came about the monk strap shoe.
The Double Monk uses the same construction as a derby with the addition of a tongue finished with two silver buckles closing.The Monk has a very comfortable fit on the foot, with however, less adjustment due to the absence of laces.
Straight out of the box, the first thing to do with your suede shoe is to apply a “suede protector” spray.The preemptive spray will partially water proof your shoes and keep a lot of the dirt and stains from sticking to them.
To maintain your suede shoe it is best to regularly brush them with a suede brush. Brush them while dry, do not press to hard and always in the same direction to keep the nap uniform. For more persistent stains that wont come off with the brush, use a suede eraser. Apply a light pressure.
To revive your suede shoe, use the steam from a kettle then brush the hairs with a rubber suede brush.
HOW TO STYLE
Less formal then an Oxford but more so even then the Derby, the monk shoe is a versatile footwear just as well adapted as a formal or a smart casual wear.
CONSTRUCTION & LEATHER
The San Telmo uses a dark brown italien Suede.The texture of the leather injects modern style with an artisanal feel. The San Telmo is Goodyear welted, in a true Casa Fagliano fashion and art of craftsmanship.
The San Telmo is finished with a bark tanned leather sole. Our leather soles are hand-stained and waxed to protect from the elements, they are endowed with a “gentleman’s corner” to prevent your heel from getting caught in your trousers cuffs.