Balmain Raffia-Insert Leather Monk-Strap Shoes

15th October 2013
It has been a long while since I bought a pair of designer shoes. I kind of miss the feeling of being excited, to receive from post and open up a white box to see a fresh pair of Balmain’s that is meant for me. Speaking of Balmain, this season’s Fall Winter 2013 collection is not quite as exciting, there isn’t much in the current collection that catches my impulsiveness besides the Balmain 18CM Blue Destroyed Denim Biker Jeans. I have a gut feeling that a huge crowd once followed Balmain has switched their taste to Saint Laurent and other leading luxury brands.
To be honest, I didn’t really thought about buying this pair of Balmain Raffia Monk-Strap Shoes. My recent purchases have been things that I consider ‘fashion pieces’ – my first priority was to get my dream pair of sneakers, the Christian Louboutin No Limit Python Strass Sneakers from the Spring Summer 2013 collection. After a few months of searching high and low, I spotted a pair that was going around $2000 but I was stupid enough to wait and presume that the seller would lower the price after two weeks. It was unfortunate that someone had grabbed it and was considered a lost for me, that I didn’t took up the opportunity to buy it when it was clearly good value for money. 
Above: Both received within a week, a pair of Balmain Raffia-Insert Leather Monk-Straps and Valentino Camouflage Rockstud Shoes – both from Spring Summer 2013. Follow my updates on Instagram. 
So I gave up on the Christian Louboutin sneakers and started to look into my personal style. What has really kept me going after all these years that I could easily pull off, and the answer was clearly the brand – Balmain. Till today, I still have a soft spot for it and believe that a good pair of shoes will serve my collection well and bring repetition to wear. So far this is my forth pair of Balmain shoes and I haven’t regretted a bit. The reason why I chose it over all the other shoes that I could have gotten is because of its modest design and also that it is was made to match with all my Balmain wear.
The thing about style to me is that I live with certain principles, I believe that a good style has to consist a balance –  between statement making and being modest at the same time. The Balmain Raffia Monk-Strap Shoe is a modest pair that will go very well with a statement making Balmain Biker Denim Jeans. The shoe has it’s own unique characteristics – an attractive yellow gold raffia upper vamp, wrapped over black calf-skin leather with a tarnished buckle in a monk strap design, the flat signature crepe sole with wooden welt to finish it’s entire style. A lovely piece that I will be wearing all summer with rolled up jeans, I was glad that it was a good purchase and will make my money’s worth.

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Shown here with a ZARA Military Blazer FW13, McQ Alexander McQueen Crisp White Logo Shirt SS12, Balmain Multi Buckle Belt, Balmain Worky Denim Biker Jeans SS13 and Balmain Raffia Monk-Strap Shoes SS13. Shop the latest Balmain collection at your favorite destinations – LuisaViaRoma, SSENSE, Matches Fashion, MR PORTER, Farfetch and SYLEBOP.
MR PORTER – Balmain Raffia-Insert Leather Monk-Strap Shoes. For the label’s most recent collection, Balmain’s creative director Mr Olivier Rousteing looked to Miami for inspiration. These black leather monk-strap shoes feature raffia inserts and crepe rubber soles, bringing breezy attitude and elegant style to your look. Wear them with tailored trousers for a particularly rakish outfit. SOLD OUT.

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  • Anonymous

    You wear Balmain the best Maurice! Love that look and hope to see you blogging more soon. We missed you!

  • Anonymous

    I recently began a transition to Saint Laurent this season from a predominately Balmain based wardrobe. The 90's aesthetic on this seasons SL captures more of the rock (albeit grunge in their case) look, while Balmain has with its "Girl/Guy and the Dragon Tattoo" feel. Feel the same way about the distressed Jean – it's really the only piece that screams Rock N' Roll. On a side note, I'm still wearing my Yak scarf from the 2011 FW collection, but I am impressed some with what SL has done with scarfs this year. I'm also starting to add more pieces to my Dior Homme collection. All thanks to limitations on Balmain this winter. But hey, nothing wrong with diversity i guess?

    • Yes, we all understand. There is nothing wrong with diversification, I quite like the Saint Laurent style, just that I am not ready to invest in this style at the moment. Quite like the red and black striped mohair scarf, even ZARA made a version of theirs. Let's see where Balmain is heading for the following season's showcase. I am secretly hoping it will not be another surprise.

  • Anonymous

    great look!!
    always cool to see new updates Maurice…

  • Anonymous

    hey maurice,

    how do these fit? I'm a size 10.5US… and I'm a bit worried that 10US will be a bit small and 11US will be a bit too big without socks (I too like the whole no sock look with rolled/cuffed jeans).

    I also want to be versatile and be able to wear these with socks in the winter.. so I am wondering how these fit.