Chukka boots (/tʃəkə/) are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka possibly comes from the game of polo, where a ‘chukker’ is a period of play.
Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can of course be made from other materials. The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear. In the 21st century, Chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They can be worn with both suits and more casual wear like jeans or chinos.
According to shoe historian June Swann, the essential chukka boot is ankle-high, open-laced, and unlined, with two to three pairs of eyelets, thin leather soles, calfskin suede uppers in two parts (each from a single piece of leather; quarters sewn on top of vamp), and rounded toes.
So that’s the basics on Chukka’s ! Well, Carmina shoemakers now has an updated version in Cordovan leather.
Contemporary interpretation of the old Chukka boot, also called Desert boot, in Horween Shell Cordovan in Burgundy. Featuring a Dainite sole in a refined Goodyear welt-construction and calf lining. Style lasted on the chiseled and sleek Simpson last. One of the all-time favorites of Carmina.
Having experience with Carmina shoes and boots, I think they made a great contemporary Chukka, worth bearing the name. The fact that they use Horween Shell Cordovan leather for this gorgeous elegant model only makes it more exclusive, and ready for years of wearing pleasure. The perfect shoe for in between seasons.
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