The Chukka boot has made a big impact this year in men’s fashion. If you do not already know what they are then let me help you: they were footwear that was originally worn for polo matches and hence the name “Chukka”. They are normally around ankle length boots and were typically made in suede or calfskin until the fashion world picked them up and started creating a massive variety of forms.
As I said, these have become a really popular item within the men’s fashion circles this year with everyone from Vans to Diesel to Acne getting on board and producing a much more fashion orientated range. I think they have become so popular due to the fact that people are wanting something a little bit extra than just the classic hi-top now to mix into their casual outfits and the Chukka ticks all the boxes. They still have the girth and cut of a hi-top, but they usually look more like a relaxed boot/shoe and so gives off a slightly more smarter vibe. This is perfect if you are rocking out a relaxed formal look.
The other great thing about Chukka boots are their versatility. They can work in casual outfits really easily by pairing them with jeans like you would a hi-top or regular boot. The jeans can be slightly tucked in or resting on top of the ankle section of the boot, or you can simply cover them up completely. They also work in more relaxed formal outfits using fashion skinny trousers or chinos and pairing with a great shirt or polo shirt if you want to really play on the whole English Gentleman vibe. People have been known to pair Chukka boots with a suit and true formal wear but you would have to look at the very formal versions to do this in my mind, as they look a lot more like a dress boot that would not conflict in styles.
I have a pair of Chukka boots I got earlier on in the year when they were only just picking up in popularity and what I love about them most is the fact they are REALLY comfortable and just offer something slightly different and “extra” in comparison to a hi-top trainer. I am not saying I will wear them every day because I like to mix my styles, but they really are a great fashion piece to have in the wardrobe and can change a look instantly when you sub out the trainers for them. They typically have a thick rubber sole as well which is great for the Autumn/Winter seasons here as it makes them very waterproof!
So check out the new styles available below at some of our favourite shops.
They come in some many types and varieties now that you can find a pair whatever your tastes. You might be looking for a more formal version, in which case you should look at the leather varieties in more of a dress boot shape. Blacks and browns would be perfect for this and they can pull off a variety of looks as shown in a similar look book about Chelsea Boots. The relaxed and casual varieties are my favourite at the moment as they look great and are so comfortable. I particularly love the suede and canvas types that have been released which would look great paired with jeans.
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