Style Glossary: Monk Shoes

Greetings ModLovers! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season (and wardrobe) while we count down to the end of the year.

This week’s Style Glossary post features a term I hadn’t heard of until this week – the monk shoe. I was under the impression that monks didn’t worry themselves with fashion, but alas, this style is making a comeback!

Characterized by a closed toe and wide buckle across the tongue instead of laces, monk shoes are a stand-out among simple brogues or loafers this fall. They were first made popular in the 1940’s, and have had frequent revivals ever since (and I can guess why). Our Sweet Pota-toe Heels are an on-trend way to get this look.

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  1. Sophie 12/16/2009 at 4:21 am #

    These are so cute! But I can’t imagine monks teetering around in heels, haha!

    and not to be a smarty-pants, but there’s a typo in “tongue” fyi… I was wondering for a moment if “tounge” was another fashion term I didn’t know!

  2. Katharine Ellis Tapley 12/16/2009 at 8:26 am #

    It’s kind of sad that I read “monk shoe” and thought of the Tony Shaloub character.

  3. Lanie 12/16/2009 at 1:59 pm #

    Oh, I absolutely adore that show!

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