I could not find the right fit and the shipping return process was excruciating slow. After two attempts at exchanging size my third order was canceled by the seller (I think… never got the shoes and still need to see about the refund).
To be fair, the shoes could be fine but I would not know.
They're very roomy in the mid foot along the vertical axis, there is like a good half inch or inch of room between the top of my foot and the top of the shoe... The adjustable straps aren't really adjustable (managed to tighten the buckle on one of them but the other one the hole is too far back to use, didn't make much difference in the fit, anyway). I'm not sure if I need to size down or just pad these out with insoles, bummed out I couldn't order two sizes to choose between since now I'll have to order the second size, anyway, to compare.
I was really pleased with these shoes and the quick delivery as well.
Never had monks before. These are lovely. I went with black because I needed a black shoe that's not overly formal, but also not a loafer. These fit the bill!
My only style critique is this: I would have offered the gold buckles on the black shoe. WVS already offers a gold buckle on a black belt, and I think gold and black look better than gold and chestnut.