The shoe is characterized by its closed lacing system. The lacing section is sewn closed and has the eyelet stitched underneath the vamp. Oxfords were traditionally classed as quite a formal shoe, however in recent years there have been a slight shift in designs making it available to suit both casual and formal look.
Its design exhibits a classic alternative to laced dress shoes. It is typically of similar shape and construction to an oxford; but in place of an eyelet closure, the monk strap has a wide swath of leather fastened across the front of the shoe. This is the “strap,” which is fastened with either a single or double buckle closure.