Like everything else that was once old news in the fashion, Chukka boots, or desert boots, have reemerged on the scene to reclaim the spotlight. Though they were initially introduced to the public in late 19040s, Chukka boots regained their popularity around 2012. Now, men who wear them sport the irregular boot in almost every season for almost any occasion. But, are Chukka boots actually that stylish and versatile, or are they simply overrated.
If you’re reading this and wondering what the heck is a Chukka boot then you came to right place. There’s no judgment here. Actually, that was a lie, but let’s place that to the side and continue on with this short lesson. Chukka boots are an ankle-high, lace-up boot which usually comes in suede, leather, or calfskin. Their uniqueness comes from their slightly irregular shape and comfortability.
Chukka boots are like the Chuck Taylor Allstars of boots. They’re different but comfortable and effortless to wear. Also, similar to Chuck T’s their usually cheap. There are many variations and colors, which gives the impression that they’re are an extremely versatile shoe. However, the truth is there’s nothing exceptional about them.
Originally, the shoe created for military purposes, specifically to deal with desert terrain. While deployed in Burma (now Myanmar). In the late 1940s, they were introduced to the general public in Chicago by Nathan Clark. A member of the international, family-owned shoe manufacturer and retailer empire Clarks, which was founded in Britain in 1825. He created sketches of the shoe after discovering his fellow officers wearing them in their down time. Chukka desert boots would late become the renowned signature shoe of the company.
Ever since Chukka boots crept their way back into popularity, men have opted to wear the shoe almost year round. Including them in the options for formal and casual wear. Not to say that anything is wrong with Chukka boots, but when placed beside a Chelsea boot or even a Burnished boot it’s clear that they’re not statemented pieces. You put on a Chukka boot and it’s almost like saying I did enough. Just like wearing Jordans to the basketball court says “I came to play ball”. While wearing Chuck T’s or even Sketchers in the same scenario is like saying “I’m ready”.
However, buying a pair isn’t a waste of an investment. When trekking through a college campus during Autumn after a fresh downpour, it’s nice to have a pair of Chukkas with a pair of dark chinos and an oxford shirt. Or you want to wear them to a Spring social with a blazer and slim trousers. Alos, designers have taken the original Chukka boots which were made popular by Clarks and shifted the design to look more formal so that they can be paired with suits and cleaner formal looks. So for all the folks out there who are cringing while reading about their beloved deserts boots, there’s a bright side to all of this. Concessions have been made to update this classic shoe, and it will be accepted more widely. However, none of this changes the fact that it’s still overrated shoe, whose place in wardrobe
So for all the folks out there who are cringing while reading about their beloved deserts boots, there’s a bright side to all of this. Concessions have been made to update this classic shoe, and it will be accepted more widely. However, none of this changes the fact they’re still almost more overworn than flip-flops in beach towns. Even though the locals only go to the beach a third of the year.