Must-Have Item For Fall: The Chukka Boot

Above: The Lacoste Sherbrooke Hi 14, available at Browns locations across Canada this fall
Above: The Lacoste Sherbrooke Hi 14, available at Browns locations across Canada this fall

You’ve got your gym shoes, work loafers, high-tops, and a pair of fancy lace-ups, but do you have a pair of Chukkas? You should, because slipping on a pair of Chukkas is the easiest way to breathe new life into your fall wardrobe. Here’s everything you need to know about the menswear classic to stay one step ahead this season.

The biggest trends this fall in men’s footwear are more reverential than revolutionary, including a return to the classic Chukka boot (or Desert Boot). The ankle-length boots are characterized by two or three pairs of eyelets, a rounded toe, a looser fit around the ankle, and they are generally made of suede or soft calfskin leather. The name Chukka? Well, the name is said to be derived from the game of polo, where a chukka is a seven and a half minute period of play. Regardless… The style first became popular in the late 1940s, and it has rightfully once again found its place among the sartorial set.

Often referred to as the epitome of business casual, the Chukka is definitely one of the most versatile footwear options out there for guys. They can effortlessly be dressed up or dressed down.

Chukka Boots look great with casual clothes, they have a chill vibe that only gets better when you show them off and wear them with a pair of pants with a shorter hem. For a more relaxed look, dress them down and wear them with your favourite pair of beat-up skinny jeans.

Unlike other casual shoes, the Chukka Boot can easily be dressed up for more formal looks, especially when worn in black or brown leather. Dress them up for the office with a pair of chinos and an oxford shirt or use them to break up the monotony of a two or three-piece suit.

So, what are you waiting for? Add a little variety to your wardrobe.

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner

AmongMen’s Editor-in-Chief is a well-respected fashion and style writer whose works have appeared in Fashionism, Fashion Television, MSN, DesignLines, the Kaboose Network, the Disney Family Network and Sun Media. He also has a collection of designer kicks that would make Imelda Marcos blush and lives in Toronto’s trendy east end. Follow him at: @Turnstylin.

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