The Chukka boot is one of the shoes that is a must to have in your shoe wardrobe. It have always been a popular choice and can be worn with different outfits, both casual and dressed. It’s one of few shoes that’s wearable all year around thanks to the variations of models, though the usage is probably on its top when it’s winter because of the more popular rubber sole. It’s winter and it couldn’t be a better time to take a closer look at this particular model which is also known as the king of casual footwear.
The history of the traditional Chukka boots reaches far back and it’s told that it originate from the Polo game, more specific from the so called Chukka or Chukker period of play. There’s a lot of different stories behind them, some say that they were actually worn under the game and other claim that they were worn after the game because of how comfortable they were for the players. Another form of chukka boot were worn in by the British force during World War II and is today known as desert boots, this because that they were worn during the Western Desert Campaign.
There’s a lot of different variations of the shoe nowadays and it’s not entirely clear what qualifies for a true Chukka boot. Some characteristics that could identify the boot is that shoes never reach no further than the ankle, have two or three lacing eyelets, opening lacing and with quarters sewn on the of the vamp. A chukka often have a round last and toe box because of the casual approach of the shoe model and is traditionally unlined but can be found with various of linings nowadays.
What I’m certain of is that the Chukka can be worn with nearly anything, a pair of jeans, flannel trousers and even wool suit without losing its characteristic look. I would suggest to go for brown suede to be able to use it with as many combinations as possible. Something to mention is that it actually is one of few shoes that look best in a suede option. Down below I’ve picked five favourites that can be worn the whole season around depending on which sole that is chosen.