Magnanni 'Miro' Double Monk Strap Shoe
Luxurious and Comfortable
I have three monk strap shoes, and this one is the most comfortable of all. Its color is just uniquely beautiful. The toe is not really square, rather its somewhat round, which I prefer. The strap buckles are of superior quality. Heel thickness is perfect. It can be worn with both formal clothes and jeans.
I normally wear a 9 in Ferragamo's or an 8.5 in Santoni and found that an "8" actually fit the best. To say they fit true to size is not accurate. I would highly suggest going down a 1/2 to a full size. Shoes look good and have the same patina/color as my $750 Santoni shoes and look better than my $950 Ferragamo Tramezza shoes.
I find these are a good value at the $325 price. Much better styling than Allen Edmonds or anything else in this price range.
Very Striking Shoe
Fantastic shoes with an unusual, refined look. They seem very well made, but are not initially cushy and soft. So you're getting an 'old school,' Italian-style shoe that requires some break in, not a sneaker disguised as a work shoe. My break in time was very short, and mostly complete at maybe 3 or 4 wears.
One small quirk is that with the large leather overlay that forms the two straps, they're a bit squeaky. To me, this is very pleasant, like what you'd hear with a good pair of polished leather boots or a riding saddle.
I guess some folks can get by with slipping them on with a shoehorn, but I'm forced to have to unbuckle the top strap, which may or may not wear over time. And it's not apparent unless you have the shoe in hand, but the top buckle has a small elastic fitting to help the shoe move. This makes the shoe very comfortable.
As someone who has probably never gotten a compliment for my shoes, I've already garnered a couple in only a few days. The look I think lends itself to being more formal, and I'd be mortified to wear these with jeans as some reviewers have suggested. These things look incredible with a nice pair of wool trousers.
Magnianni sizing is hit or miss for me, but these run true to size.
Keep also in mind that on my pair, the color was far more walnut than deep, reddish brown. So I'd avoid matching a belt to it online, and wait for them to show up at your door.
But they are fantastic, and I'd recommend them any day.
This shoe is awesome. I've gotten so many compliments on it and looks great with slacks, suits, even jeans. It runs a half size on the big side so I'd recommend you bump down a half size.