Monk StrapRumored to have been developed by an Alpine monk in the 15th century and worn in all European monasteries, this style was popularized in the 1920s. Unbeknown to many, a Monk with a strap features the fit and construction similar to a Derby. With open quarters and a full cut upper and tongue, Monk straps (single and double buckle) are extraordinarily comfortable on the foot. However, they won't offer the same level of adjustment, due to the absence of laces.
GoodyearThe Goodyear construction was conceived and patented in 1839 by Charles Goodyear, the genius who invented English shoes: the strip of leather running around the outside edge of the shoe, called welt, is stitched through and attached to the upper and the insole. Between the insole and outsole is placed a midsole, usually made of cork, which assumes an insulating and comfort function, as a sort of 'cushion' that adapts to the shape of the foot. The result is a shoe of great value and extreme comfort, at the same time ... practically indestructible.
Calf Full GrainFull grain leather is, ‘a fine quality material where the leather’s natural pore structure or “grain” is healthy, and is left untouched. This material is tanned with aniline dyes to bring out its natural characteristics and depth of colour when shoes are finisched and polished.
LeatherGenuine vegetable tanned leather in slow pit tanning.
Take careFull grain leather care begins with removing any dirt using a soft cloth, followed by the application of a wax of the right color to nourish and protect the leather. Then rub vigorously with the polishing glove to shine it.
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