What is a Chukka Boot?
Ah the Chukka boot, a stylish man’s best friend throughout fall and spring. They go well with corduroy, jeans, and even nice slacks, adding a dash of class to your casual looks or a casual touch to your more formal looks. All while keeping your feet just a bit warmer as the season gives way to cooler wind.
But not every men’s ankle boot qualifies as a chukka boot. While there are many variations and chukka boot hybrids, to qualify as an actual chukka boot it must:
- Be open laced but have no more than 3 eyelets (shoe string holes).
- Have a rounded toe box.
- Be made with two single layers of leather.
- Reach the middle of your ankle.
Historically, they were made with a thin leather sole and an unlined suede outer, but now you can find them with thick rubber soles and even with lining under leather.
Where did Chukka Boots come from?
Originated in India, the boot was first worn by off duty polo players and began making their way west when British troops began wearing them. They were introduced to the US in 1924 when the Duke of Windsor was seen wearing a pair during his visit. Since then, they have become a staple in any sharp wardrobe for their versatility, convenience and comfort.
What to wear with Chukka boots?
Because Chukka boots are meant to be shown off, avoid wearing them with bootcut pants, which will only hide the shoe.
While they go great with straight leg pants, we love them with a pair of cuffed up skinny chinos that show off some cool socks. You can even switch out the laces for an instant pop of color.
If you are going for a sophisticated look, you are going to want a pair of chukka boots with a thin sole and a leather upper, like the Dorville that comes in black, chestnut and bordo.
The thick rubber sole give it a more sporty sneaker vibe which is perfect for a weekend night on the town.
Let us know how you plan on wearing your chukka boots and send us some pics!