I respectfully differ - I think that a burgundy/oxblood monk strap can do both. Consider A-E's Warwick (now on sale for $247):I played this game some time ago with myself and made the determination that I could not imagine a shoe (at an price,) which would be casual enough to pair with jeans and yet formal enough to pair with a suit.
I respectfully differ - I think that a burgundy/oxblood monk strap can do both. Consider A-E's Warwick (now on sale for $247):
Yeah, I can buy that argument without too much issue.
As someone new to higher end footwear (last few years here on AAAC,) I have struggled with Monk's placement in my hierarchy. I know that they tend to be accepted as formal enough for a suit but I have not seen many I think work as well as laced shoes with a suit. I have been unable to commit to a single or double monk and currently find myself liking an in between model like the EG Audley.
On the flip side, I am also not a big fan of shiney, leather shoes with jeans. (Please understand that I am not part of the dark jeans world but rather 501's.)
In my opinion, jeans are better paired with:
1. a suede shoe/boot (like the Alden chukka boot in suede);
2. a highly brogued shoe/boot (like a Tricker's Bourton);or
3. a matte finished shoe/boot with no luster (like a 1000 Mile Boot.)
Again, could the original op's choice be worn with a suit? Yes.
Would most people even notice? No
Would this be more dressy than many? Yes
Would it be a great choice for most business wear? I believe the combination of blutcher + ornamentation and color (although it looks to be a dark enough brown, better a burgundy) makes me think there are better options.
Of course just a few years ago I could not have imagined wearing Monks and today I actually find myself thinking that leather and suede Galways might be a nice purchase. Who knows what I may like in a few years? (Those Button boots Momsdoc is ordering don't look half bad!)