John Lobb William II in Chocolate Suede
The William II is a suede double monk strap made for us by John Lobb. Featuring a hand-stitched two-row toe cap and Goodyear welting, the William II has a refined, masculine tone, while its tapered front and sleek profile add a subtle modern appeal. In general, we suggest that U.S. customers go down either 1 or 1.5 sizes from their normal size (if you normally wear a 10 US, try an 8.5 or 9 UK). Made in Northampton, England; listed in UK sizes.
Monk strap shoes originated as the working footwear of choice for friars and priests of old Europe. More durable than the brothers’ trademark sandals, “monks” provided better protection for manual labor (some modern models sport reinforced toes for an historical nod) in addition to the comfort and convenience of their easy-on-off design. Nowadays, the monk strap’s sleek, lace-less profile and elegant construction have made it a popular choice among style-minded and casual audiences alike.