The CHUKKA BOOT
In part three last week, we looked at the Brogue shoe.
In part four this week we examine the Chukka Boot.
The Chukka Boot:
The word Chukka or Chukker originates from the British game of Polo where the word denotes a seven-minute period of play. However, a more apt origin of the word that resonates with the function and practicality of the boot is from the Hindi word Chukkar which in its basic translation means casual stroll. The Hindi word is most apt for the Chukka when one considers the informal nature of the shoe. The shoe is distinctively characterized by it ankle high length, two to three eyelets i.e. the holes through which the laces pass through and lacing above the vamp. Another version of this shoe has its origins from the World War II era and is known as Desert Boots. This was the version of the Chukka boots worn by British soldiers during their campaign in the North African desert which over the years has been modified for a more causal function. See February 2017’s Lover Boy Ensemble. The Desert or Chukka Boot can come in leather or suede.
The Chukka Boot is second to the brogue in its multi-dimensional use, as this protean shoe is essentially a dress casual shoe as seen in both the trendy Urban Gent Ensemble and sophisticated Boat Regatta ensembles being worn with tie-die (adire) and chinos trousers respectively. This particular chukka boot has a leather sole, comes in a hybrid of leather and suede, with the suede segment giving it a capped toe aesthetic which along with its navy blue hue adds a weight of maturity/formality to this protean footwear. Hence, it could be paired with the aforementioned sophisticated looking ensemble. Conversely, the desert boot comes in a rubber sole and brown suede material being more casual than its navy blue counterpart. The desert shoes in particular give enough room to upgrade its style which can be accomplished with the lacing. One could change the colours to match the colour of their shirt or trousers moreover, the lacing style as well can be done in a more crisscrossed pattern to funkify your ensemble.
Next week we consider the (Driving) Loafer. Stay tuned!